Object-centered not scene-based visual neglect

J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1996 Oct;22(5):1261-78. doi: 10.1037//0096-1523.22.5.1261.


Whether visuospatial attention accesses object-centered representations, in addition to location-based coordinates, was investigated in patients with hemispatial neglect who detected a target on the left or right of a single object (2 connected circles or barbell) or of 2 objects (2 unconnected circles). The object or objects either remained static (left circle in left space) or rotated by 180 degrees (left circle now in right space). Relative to the static condition, in the rotating condition, detection times are facilitated on the left (contralateral) and inhibited on the right (ipsilateral) of space even when eye movements are controlled. This modulation of neglect was only observed for the single object, but not for the 2-object displays. The findings suggest that attention operates on object-centered as well as on location-based representations, and thus accesses multiple reference frames.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attention*
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Infarction / psychology
  • Discrimination Learning*
  • Dominance, Cerebral*
  • Female
  • Hemianopsia / diagnosis
  • Hemianopsia / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / psychology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Orientation*
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*