Pathology of memory in the structure of mental development disorders in children with convulsive paroxysms



Memory disorders are a common pathology in children with convulsive paroxysms. The present study tested the hypothesis that the pathology of memory in children with paroxysmal states have quantitative and qualitative specificity. The study involved 107 children aged 6-10 years. 59 people had a history of paroxysmal state, 12 people with epileptiform activity on EEG without seizures in history. A comparison group comprised 36 people with residual cerebral pathology without a history of seizures. The study used experimental psychological and neuropsychological research methods memory. The results of empirical studies have shown that increasing importance in the picture of violations mnestic activity in children with convulsive paroxysms addition to short-term verbal memory disorders have impaired short-term visual memory, the phenomenon of amnestic aphasia and modal-nonspecific memory disorders. The degree of short-term verbal memory disorders correlates with the age of onset of seizures, visual memory - with the number of attacks in history. Consideration of the results will allow to organize the process of providing psychological assistance to sick children more effectively.

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Keywords: cerebral organic pathology, epileptic and non-epileptic paroxysmal states, convulsive paroxysms, memory impairment, short audio-verbal memory, visual short-term memory, amnestic aphasia, modal, non-specific memory deficits.

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Turovskaya N.G. Pathology of memory in the structure of mental development disorders in children with convulsive paroxysms. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2015. Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 145–155. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2015080313. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalya G. Turovskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the General and Clinical Psychology Department, Volgograd State Medical University, Medical Psychologist, Volgograd Regional Children's Clinical Psychiatric Hospital, Volgograd, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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