Different patterns of dissociation in unilateral spatial neglect

Brain Cogn. 1991 Mar;15(2):139-59. doi: 10.1016/0278-2626(91)90023-2.


The aim of this paper is to discuss the issue of dissociations found in unilateral spatial neglect according to the modality of space exploration and the nature of the task. For this purpose we present a reanalysis of the data from a recent paper of Gentilini et al. (1989) comparing visual and blindfolded exploration of a computer keyboard and discuss the performance of a left-brain-damaged patient with right visuospatial neglect and left-sided neglect dyslexia. We conclude that unilateral spatial neglect cannot be interpreted as a disruption of a single attentional mechanism, but rather it reflects impaired attentional mechanisms at several levels of cognitive processing.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Brain Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Dyslexia / physiopathology
  • Functional Laterality / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mathematics
  • Models, Neurological
  • Reading
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology