Alessandro Farnè

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A large proportion of right-hemisphere stroke patients show hemispatial neglect-a neurological deficit of perception, attention, representation, and/or performing actions within their left-sided space, inducing many functional debilitating effects on everyday life, and responsible for poor functional recovery and ability to benefit from treatment. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the relative frequency of occurrence of motor, perceptual, peripersonal, and personal neglect subtypes, the association of neglect and other related deficits (e.g., deficient nonlateralized attention, anosognosia), and the neuroanatomic substrates of neglect in patients with right hemisphere stroke in rehabilitation settings. METHODS(More)
Humans and monkeys share similar sensory integrated processing of tactile and peri-hand visual inputs for coding peripersonal space surrounding the hand. In monkeys, tool use is known to induce a transient elongation of hand-centred peripersonal space along the tool axis. Here we report evidence that, also in humans, the use of a tool can increase the(More)
Patients with left-sided visuospatial neglect, typically after damage to the right parietal lobe, show a systematic bias towards larger numbers when asked to bisect a numerical interval. This has been taken as further evidence for a spatial representation of numbers, perhaps akin to a mental number line with smaller numbers represented to the left and(More)
Current interpretations of extinction suggest that the disorder is due to an unbalanced competition between ipsilesional and contralesional representations of space. The question addressed in this study is whether the competition between left and right representations of space in one sensory modality (i.e., touch) can be reduced or exacerbated by the(More)
Recent findings from neurophysiology, neuropsychology and psychology have shown that peri-personal space is represented through an integrated multisensory processing. In humans, the interaction between peri-personal space representation and action execution can be revealed through the use of tools that, by extending the reachable space, modify the strength(More)
Previous studies have shown that adaptation to rightward displacing prisms improves performance of neglect patients on visuo-manual (VM) tasks such as line cancellation, figure copying, and line bisection [Nature 395 (1998) 166]. The present study further evaluated the effect of prism adaptation (PA) on neglect symptoms by investigating: (a) the range of(More)
In this paper, we develop an animal model of prehension movements by examining the kinematics of reaching and grasping in monkeys and by comparing the results to published data on humans. Hand movements were recorded in three dimensions in monkeys who were trained to either point at visual targets under unperturbed and perturbed conditions, or to reach and(More)
OBJECTIVES The evolutionary pattern of spontaneous recovery from acute neglect was studied by assessing cognitive deficits and motor impairments. Detailed lesion reconstruction was also performed to correlate the presence of and recovery from neglect to neural substrates. METHODS A consecutive series of right brain-damaged (RBD) patients with and without(More)
 In the present study, we investigated the effects of the Titchener circles illusion in perception and action. In this illusion, two identical discs can be perceived as being different in size when one is surrounded by an annulus of smaller circles and the other is surrounded by an annulus of larger circles. This classic size-contrast illusion, known as(More)