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Patients with homonymous visual field defects (HVFD) are often crucially disabled during self-guided visual exploration of their natural environment. Abnormal visual search may be related to the sensory deficit, deficient spatial orientation or compensatory eye movements. We tested the hypothesis that visual search in HVFD is purely determined by the(More)
The termination of an unpleasant or painful somatic condition can produce a rewarding sense of relief, even if the stimulus that causes the termination is itself unpleasant or painful under normal circumstances. We aimed to identify central neural mechanisms of pain relief from capsaicin-elicited heat-hyperalgesia by administering cold stimuli. We(More)
Hemispatial neglect following right-hemisphere stroke is a common and disabling disorder, for which there is currently no effective pharmacological treatment. Dopamine agonists have been shown to play a role in selective attention and working memory, two core cognitive components of neglect. Here, we investigated whether the dopamine agonist rotigotine(More)
The cerebellum is part of the cortico-ponto-cerebellar circuit for conjugate eye movements. Recent animal data suggest an additional role of the cerebellum for the control of binocular alignment and disconjugate, i.e. vergence eye movements. The latter is separated into two different components: fast vergence (to step targets) and slow vergence (to ramp and(More)
Vestibular neuritis (VN) is a sudden unilateral vestibular failure (UVF) with a variable course. Caloric hyporesponsiveness often persists, and it is largely unknown why patients with the same degree of hyporesponsiveness show different functional recovery. As the peripheral vestibular deficit alone does not seem to determine functional recovery, it was the(More)
Patients with hemispatial neglect are severely impaired in orienting their attention to contralesional hemispace. Although motion is one of the strongest attentional cues in humans, it is still unknown how neglect patients visually explore their moving real-world environment. We therefore recorded eye movements at bedside in 19 patients with hemispatial(More)
Recent studies have discussed the role of the cerebellum in not only motor but also cognitive functions, and in particular, fronto-executive operations. Similar to a previous study on hemineglect patients, we recorded eye movements during a visual search task to investigate patients with isolated infarction of the cerebellum compared with controls. Patients(More)