Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Vision

      Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is a chronic neurological condition that is characterized by seizures in the temporal lobe. The symptoms of TLE are unique from other forms of epilepsy, characterized by psychic and sensory manifestations (hallucinations) and behavioral symptoms, including aggression and schizophreniform psychosis. Though the causes of TLE can vary, and its mechanisms of action are unclear, copious research has been conducted regarding one of the most interesting symptoms: vivid visual perceptions. In people with temporal lobe epilepsy, the role of vision and the degrees to which it is affected vary greatly for each individual, yet at the same time the study of vision is important for doctors because it is one of the easiest symptoms to describe. The goal of this website is to inform and educate about the visual perceptions that manifest from having TLE, across a broad range of cultural and clinical topics and research. In addition this website seeks to give people an in-depth overview of how vision is impacted in people with TLE and how it is implicated in studying this disorder.

      This website was created as a project for the Behavioral Neuroscience course at Macalester College, for Professor Eric Wiertelak. Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to

Authors: Marissa Leow, James Noble, Carl Harris, Rachel Diamond, and Maya Weisinger


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