TLE

Other Visual Assessment Tests

     There are a number of tests used in different studies that are used to evaluate a temporal lobe epilepsy patient’s visual affectations. Besides the selective reminding procedure, tests that assess different aspects of patient’s damage are used. The Facial Recognition Test (Benton et al., 1983) assesses face recognition abilities in patients with neurological damage. Patients are given a main face above six test faces and are asked to indicate which face matches the main face. The Raven Colored Progressive Matrices (Basso et al., 1987) is an intelligence test in which the patient is asked to find the missing pattern in a series. The patterns get progressively harder, requiring more and more of a cognitive capacity to encode and analyze the patterns. Another test, used by J. McFie and M.F. Piercy (1952), is thought to measure abstraction ability. The Weigl's Color-Form Sorting Test (McFie et al., 1952) tests patients’ ability to group different colored and shaped pieces accordingly. In the test 12 blocks that are colored on top and white on the bottom that come in three shapes are presented to the patient to sort. They are then asked to sort them in different ways. To fail this test means to be unable to neurologically shift from one way of sorting to another. This is often seen with patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.


 

Visual Learning Deficits •  Information Processing