A simulated driving study to identify objective ways of predicting driving safety in absence epilepsy

While some of our patients with epilepsy have no clinical seizures they may still have seizure-like EEG patterns (called spike-wave discharges). We still have no objective ways of determining the influence of these patterns on the driving safety of patients. We ask for your help in conducting a research study to answer this question and to help shape laws that restrict the driving privileges of people with epilepsy. Any patients who are diagnosed with generalized epilepsy with spike-wave discharges should please consider participating.

Participants will have EEG and video monitoring while driving in a realistic and safe simulated car. The tests are totally non-invasive.


1. Age 15 years or older

2. Presence of subclinical generalized spike-wave discharges on EEG with no clinical seizure in the last month

3. No other neurologic disorders that may impair one’s ability to drive


• This study is approved by the Yale Human Investigations Committee (#18514)

Participants will receive reimbursement for travel costs

• For questions, and to participate, please contact the CAE Study team at caestudy@yale.edu or (203) 494-7229. You can also contact Dr. Hal Blumenfeld.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this exciting research that aims to improve understanding and treatment of absence epilepsy.

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This study is conducted in collaboration with the Yale DrivSim Lab:


Wassily Kandinsky. Red Oval

Yale HIC #18514