Multitasking disorder from right temporoparietal stroke

Academic Article


  • Acute behavioral syndromes after right hemisphere stroke (eg, hemi-inattention) resolve in most patients by 6 months. Less is known about the nature of chronic disorders after these lesions when the initial deficits are no longer apparent. We report the case of a woman who suffered a cerebral infarct in the right temporoparietal region and who, after the resolution of neglect, demonstrated a significant disorder of multitasking in her everyday life. Neuropsychologic tests failed to reveal the extent of disruption in her daily functioning. A journal of daily activities elucidates the nature of her deficits and demonstrates, from the patient's perspective, the impact of the lesion on her ability to multitask. Our findings are consistent with the concept of a right frontoparietal attentional axis that governs the ability to hold several tasks in working memory at the same time. We conclude that right hemisphere lesions can disrupt the cognitive system of multitasking through disruption of the attentional matrix. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 24492360
  • Author List

  • Lazar RM; Festa JR; Geller AE; Romano GM; Marshall RS
  • Start Page

  • 157
  • End Page

  • 162
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3