Attentional shift towards the rightmost stimuli in patients with left visual neglect

Cortex. 1989 Jun;25(2):231-7. doi: 10.1016/s0010-9452(89)80039-5.


In a search task where four letters were displayed to the right of a central fixation point, right brain-damaged patients with visual neglect showed the fastest response when the target was at the rightmost position and progressively slower responses as it moved towards the center of the display. This finding confirms Kinsbourne's claim that in visual neglect an important role is played by the magnetic attraction that the extreme end of the right structured space exerts on the patient's attention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attention / physiology*
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Perceptual Disorders / psychology*
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time
  • Visual Perception*