Unawareness of disease following lesions of the right hemisphere: anosognosia for hemiplegia and anosognosia for hemianopia

Neuropsychologia. 1986;24(4):471-82. doi: 10.1016/0028-3932(86)90092-8.


Unawareness of motor and visual-field defects was investigated in 97 right brain-damaged subjects. Both kinds of anosognosia were found to be double-dissociated from more elementary neurological disorders and from personal and extra-personal neglect. The relationships between anosognosia and unilateral neglect are discussed and allusion is made to the implications concerning the neurological organization of higher control functions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Hemianopsia / psychology*
  • Hemiplegia / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed