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Stroke patients with "pusher syndrome" show severe misperception of their own upright body orientation although visualvestibular processing is almost intact. This dissociation argues for a second graviceptive system in humans for the perception of body orientation. Recent studies revealed that the posterior thalamus is an important part of this system. The(More)
Our aim was to examine how brain imaging in the initial phase of a stroke could predict both acute/subacute as well as chronic spatial neglect. We present the first voxel-wise longitudinal lesion-behaviour mapping study, examining acute/subacute as well as chronic performance in the same individuals. Acute brain imaging (acquired on average 6.2 days(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been shown recently that neck muscle vibration in combination with an exploration training leads to lasting amelioration of spatial neglect. The present study evaluated whether vibration of the left posterior neck muscles alone has the potential to induce lasting reduction in spatial neglect. DESIGN A multiple baseline design was used to(More)
Stroke patients with ‘pusher syndrome’ actively push away from the non-hemiparetic side leading to a loss of postural balance and falling towards the paralysed side. The behaviour is due to an altered perception of the body's orientation in relation to gravity. Here, we studied the prognosis of the disorder. Twelve pusher patients first investigated(More)
Light touch contact between the body and an environmental referent reduces fluctuations of center of pressure (CoP) in quiet standing although the contact forces are insufficient to provide significant forces to stabilize standing balance. Maintenance of upright standing posture (with light touch contact) may include both predictive and reactive components.(More)
BACKGROUND Walking in time with a metronome is associated with improved spatiotemporal parameters in hemiparetic gait; however, the mechanism linking auditory and motor systems is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE Hemiparetic cadence control with metronome synchronization was examined to determine specific influences of metronome timing on treadmill walking.(More)
BACKGROUND Recent findings argue for a pathway in humans for sensing the orientation of gravity and controlling upright body posture, separate from the one for orientation perception of the visual world. Stroke patients with contraversive pushing were shown to experience their body as oriented upright when actually tilted about 20 degrees to the(More)
Spontaneous synchrony emerges between individuals performing together rhythmic activities while communicating by means of sensory feedback. In this study, we examined the nature of interpersonal synchrony mediated by light fingertip contact when individuals sway rhythmically in the sagittal plane. The effect of traditional dance expertise on interpersonal(More)
Twenty-five patients with spatial neglect were tested in the acute phase and about 1.3 years after a right-hemisphere stroke. Ten patients had developed chronic spatial neglect. We investigated how sensitive a simple copying task is in detecting spatial neglect in the chronic phase. When the stroke was acute, all 10 patients omitted a considerable number of(More)
Sirs: A recent study of Saj and colleagues [16] investigated the perception of the subjective visual vertical (SVV) in a small group of 4 subacute stroke patients with pusher syndrome following the development of a right hemisphere lesion. Hemiparetic stroke patients with ‘‘pusher syndrome’’ show the peculiar behavior of using the nonaffected arm or leg to(More)