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•      Automatisms are non-purposeful, stereotypical and repetitive behaviours that commonly accompany complex partial seizures

•      The behaviour is inappropriate for the situation

•      Patients will not remember their automations

•      Verbal automations range from simple vocalisation, such as moaning, to more complex, comprehensible, stereotyped speech.

The most common automatisms, at least with temporal lobe (partial seizure), are oral (lip smacking, chewing motion and swallowing (gulping)) and Manual (picking, fumbling, patting)

Can be more elaborate:-

•      Cycling movements of the legs

•      Swimming movements with arms

Can be more bizarre:-

•      Alternating limb movements

•      Right to left head rolling.