Memory Systems Analysis in Adults with Tourette Syndrome

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Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Med. Ctr.
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Stebbins, Glenn, PhD

The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of memory abilities in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. To do this we will utilize recent advances in experimental neuropsychology that allow for the differentiation of memory processes associated with specific brain systems. Thirty years of research have revealed that a particular brain lesion may impair one kind of memory but leave another kind intact. These findings have led to the development of experimental memory tests that assess different memory systems dependent upon specific brain systems. Although the exact brain regions involved in Tourette syndrome are not known, subtle changes in memory abilities have been described. This study will evaluate the various memory systems in adults with Tourette syndrome in order to find out if certain brain areas are affected by the disorder. The information we obtain from this study will have direct impact upon individuals who have Tourette Syndrome as well as those who provide healthcare for these individuals. Previous studies have been limited in delineating patients’ memory abilities and disabilities. Clarification of the effects of the condition on memory functioning in adults will provide guidance for Tourette patients. In addition, delineation of specific brain system functioning will help guide clinical treatment planning as well as future investigations of memory functioning in Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. Glenn T. Stebbins, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, IL Award $25,000 Tourette Association of America Inc. – Research Grant Award 1992