There are laterality effects in memory functioning in children/adolescents with focal epilepsy.
In a sample of individuals with childhood focal epilepsy, children/adolescents with left hemisphere foci outperformed those with right foci on both measures of nonverbal learning. Participants with left foci performed worse than controls on paired associate delayed recall and semantic memory, and they had greater laterality effects in IQ. Participants with right foci performed worse than controls on delayed facial recognition. Both groups displayed reduced focused attention and poor passage retention over time. Although participants with bilateral foci displayed poor learning and lower IQ than controls, they did not have worse impairment than those with a unilateral focus.
Kibby, Michelle Y, Cohen, Morris J, Lee, Sylvia E, Stanford, Lisa, Park, Yong D and Strickland, Suzanne M. "There are laterality effects in memory functioning in children/adolescents with focal epilepsy.." Developmental Neuropsychology 39, No. 8 (Jan 2014): 569-584. doi:10.1080/87565641.2014.962695.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Developmental Neuropsychology, Vol. 39, No. 8 (2014) available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/87565641.2014.962695