Line quadrisection errors in patients with hemispatial neglect

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Patients with left unilateral neglect misbisect lines toward the right. To discriminate between contralesional unawareness and ipsilesional hyperattention hypotheses for this ipsilesional bias, we performed the line quadrisection test on 18 patients with and 25 without neglect, and 24 normal controls. Overall the patients with neglect were unbiased when performing the left quadrisection task, but erred rightward on the right quadrisection task. These results suggest that the ipsilesional bisection errors produced by patients with neglect are primarily influenced by ipsilesional hyperattention rather than contralesional unawareness. However, further analyses showed heterogeneity of performance in left quadrisection, which can be explained by multiple factors that include the top down attention to left space associated with left quadrisection, the orienting to the salience of the line's left end, and distorted mental representation, in addition to ipsilesional hyperattention. © 2011 Psychology Press.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Neurocase  Journal
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    Author List

  • Lee BH; Kwon SU; Kwon JC; Baek MJ; Lee KH; Kim GH; Heilman KM; Na DL
  • Start Page

  • 372
  • End Page

  • 380
  • Volume

  • 17
  • Issue

  • 4