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The role of allocentric cues on movement control was investigated in the present study. Pointing movements directed to the more distant vertex of closed and open configurations of the Muller-Lyer illusion, as well as to the vertex of control lines, were studied in four experimental conditions. In the first (full-vision condition) subjects saw both stimulus(More)
Grasp modification during prehension movements was studied in response to slight variations of somesthetic information about object size. Three experiments were carried out. In experiment 1 eight subjects were required to reach and grasp an object whose size could either increase or decrease, whereas its visual image remained unmodified. The object size was(More)
We report a patient who, following the partial removal of a tentorial meningioma, suffered a hematoma in the left occipital lobe, which was resected. He showed severe anomia for visually presented stimuli, while naming was normal when they were presented in the tactile, auditory and verbal modality. His performance on visuo-perceptual tests, not requiring(More)
Recollection of media-mediated past events was examined in 96 healthy participants to investigate the interaction between the age of the subject and the "age" of memories. The results provided evidence that people older than 75 years recall recent events significantly worse than remote ones. Younger participants (47-60 years old) showed the reverse pattern.(More)
Two patients with the syndrome of proper name anomia were investigated. Both patients were only able to produce around 50% of the names of contemporary celebrities, but performed significantly better on a task calling for naming of historical figures. The names of relatives and friends were spared in one patient, while the other retrieved names of people(More)
We devised a new test for assessing remote memory for media–mediated events, i.e. events that are reported by and known through the media. The test consists of a verbal questionnaire covering famous events that occurred over a long period of time, from 1976 to 2000, specifically designed for use with the Italian population. A free recall procedure was(More)
Subjects were required to reach and grasp a parallelepiped, the position, orientation and size of which were varied. The kinematics of reaching and grasping movements was studied in full vision and in no vision conditions. Both direction and movement amplitude of reaching were affected by object orientation. Conversely, both the time course of finger axis(More)
A 73-year old man showed visual and tactile agnosia following bilateral haemorrhagic stroke. Tactile agnosia was present in both hands, as shown by his impaired recognition of objects, geometrical shapes, letters and nonsense shapes. Basic somatosensory functions and the appreciation of substance qualities (hylognosis) were preserved. The patient's(More)
Learning and forgetting a prose passage was studied in 20 patients with Parkinson's disease and in 20 normal control subjects by means of stochastic models, with the aim of identifying the learning and retaining abilities that are affected by Parkinson's disease. Results suggested that Parkinson's disease patients are impaired in developing automatic(More)
In this study we contrasted the Category fluency and Letter fluency performance of 198 normal subjects, 57 Alzheimer's patients and 57 patients affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim was to check whether, besides the prevalence of Category fluency deficit often reported among Alzheimer's patients, the TBI group presented the opposite(More)