The role of the anterior commissure in callosal agenesis

Neuropsychology. 2002 Oct;16(4):459-71.


Two individuals with callosal agenesis (J.P. and M.M.) and 10 neurologically normal participants were tested on tasks requiring interhemispheric visual integration. M.M., whose anterior commissure was within normal limits, was much worse at matching colors and letters between visual fields than within visual fields, whereas J.P., whose anterior commissure was greatly enlarged, showed no evidence of interhemispheric disconnection. This suggests that in some cases of callosal agenesis, probably a minority, an enlarged anterior commissure may compensate for the lack of the corpus callosum. Neither acallosal participant showed interhemispheric disconnection on tasks requiring integration of location and orientation, however, suggesting that the anterior commissure plays no role in such tasks. These tasks may depend on subcortical commissures, such as the intertectal commissure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Agenesis of Corpus Callosum*
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Color Perception / physiology
  • Corpus Callosum / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Form Perception / physiology
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Perceptual Disorders / diagnosis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Visual Fields / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology
  • Wechsler Scales