Memory changes after unilateral and bilateral convulsive therapy (ECT)

Dornbush, Rhea; Abrams, Richard; Fink, Max; Dornbush, R; Abrams, R; Fink, M
July 1971
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jul71, Vol. 119 Issue 548, p75
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The article discusses an experiment which seeks to reduce memory changes, which persist as the principal undesirable side effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). In an attempt to minimize this deficit, several researchers introduced unilateral electrode placement to the non-dominant hemisphere as an alternative to the standard bilateral placement of electrodes. In the experiment several tasks, each more strongly associated with one hemisphere than the other, were studied after the application of either unilateral non-dominant or bilateral ECT. In this study, the memory changes seem to be dependent more on interferences with cerebral lateralized functions than with specific limitations of the treatment method or the passage of electricity.


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