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Title: Social cognition and emotional intelligence in temporal lobe epilepsy
Author: Egerton, Karen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 7851
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis begins by reviewing the current literature regarding social cognition and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) and proceeds to investigate Emotional Intelligence (El) in people with People with TLE before and after surgical resection of the temporal lobe. Psychosocial maladjustment is noted as a significant problem in people with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Whether these difficulties are a consequence of living with a chronic seizure condition or whether the neuropathology associated with TLE may have a causal influence remains unclear. Recent literature in the field of social cognitive neuroscience regarding social cognition in TLE is reviewed. It is concluded that people with T1.E tend to have specific deficits in some aspects of social cognition, linked to the underlying neuropathology of the condition, and that this is likely to be a factor in the psychosocial difficulties often presented in this population. A research study is then reported in which emotional intelligence (El), a concept related to social cognition, is investigated in a TLE population. El in people with medically managed TLE was compared with people with TLE who had undergone resective surgery to control their seizures to further investigate whether impaired El in TLE is due to living with chronic seizures or a consequence of the underlying neuropathology. Results suggest that impaired ET of this population is likely a complex interaction of both these factors.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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