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Previous research suggests a close similarity in brain activity between mental simulation of a movement and its real counterpart. To explore this similarity, we aimed to assess whether imagery is affected by the loss of a limb or of its motor skills. We examined the performance of 16 adult, upper limb amputees (and age-matched controls) in a left/right hand(More)
When required to set the endpoints of an imaginary horizontal line of a given length on the basis of its midpoint printed on a sheet of paper, left neglect patients most frequently misplaced endpoints leftwards. Though giving rise to the very same disproportion usually found with these patients on canonical line bisection tasks, this behaviour cannot be(More)
The subjective location of the mid-sagittal plane was assessed by a free-field auditory localization task in the front and in the back half-spaces in 11 right brain-damaged patients with spatial hemineglect, 10 right brain-damaged patients without spatial hemineglect, and 11 normal control subjects. In patients with hemineglect the subjective mid-sagittal(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) overestimate their size despite being severely underweight. Whether this misperception echoes an underlying emotional disturbance or also reflects a genuine body-representation deficit is debatable. Current measures inquire directly about subjective perception of body image, thus distinguishing poorly between(More)
A patient (ES) with a right fronto-temporo-parieto-occipital lesion, and left neglect dyslexia, is reported. ES performed reading and association tasks on written words, composed of two embedded words, one to the left and one to the right of the division point. The meaning of the whole stimulus differed from that of the embedded words, and could not be(More)
Human cortical plasticity has been studied after peripheral sensory alterations due to amputations or grafts, while sudden 'quasi-physiological' changes in the dimension of body parts have not been investigated yet. We examined the cortical reorganization in achondroplastic dwarfs submitted to progressive elongation (PE) of lower limbs through the Ilizarov(More)
When patients with left hemineglect are shown the centre of a memorised line and are asked to mark both the endpoints, they place the left one significantly farther. This contralesional bias appears to be incoherent with respect to most current interpretations of neglect [7]. In the present study, ten patients with left hemineglect and two control groups(More)
Patients with unilateral neglect can misperceive horizontal distances in the contralesional space as being shorter than equivalent ipsilesional ones. We evaluated the visual and motor-proprioceptive components of space misrepresentation through a distance reproduction task performed both with and without visual guidance. Four groups of right brain damaged(More)
Memory for action is enhanced if individuals are allowed to perform the corresponding movements, compared to when they simply listen to them (enactment effect). Previous studies have shown that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulties with processes involving the self, such as autobiographical memories and self performed actions.(More)
In recent years, many researches have explored the relationship between overt and covert motor activity (i.e., mental simulation). Consistent evidence has been provided in favour of close similarities between the two functions, particularly based on behavioural and neuroimaging studies on healthy participants. Interestingly, literature on the pathological(More)