Richard C. Roberts

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The "Landmark Task" is designed to tease apart two major factors in determining line bisection errors in spatial neglect: one whose general nature is perceptual, the other whose nature is motor. On critical test trials, the subject is required to point to whichever end of a mid-transected line is judged as nearer to the transection. Seven out of eight(More)
The rightward line bisection errors made by patients with visuospatial neglect can be explained as due to a spatially misdirected response, which would be predicted on either of two accounts. An alternative view, however, is that such patients actually misperceive the left half of a horizontal line as being shorter than the right half. We have tested this(More)
Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded during a continuous recognition memory task for visually presented words, with a 6 item lag between the first and second presentation of each word. The subjects consisted of: (i) a control group of patients with primary generalized epilepsy; (ii) patients who had undergone either a left or a right anterior(More)
The limb-girdle muscular dystrophies are a group of disorders with wide genetic and clinical heterogeneity. Recently, mutations in the ANO5 gene, which encodes a putative calcium-activated chloride channel belonging to the Anoctamin family of proteins, were identified in five families with one of two previously identified disorders, limb-girdle muscular(More)
When asked to compare two lateralized shapes for horizontal size, neglect patients often indicate the left stimulus to be smaller. Gainotti and Tiacci (1971) hypothesized that this phenomenon might be related to a rightward bias in the patients' gaze. This study aimed to assess the relation between this size underestimation and oculomotor asymmetries. Eye(More)
Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded from 16 healthy young (mean age 21 years) and 16 healthy old subjects (mean age 64 years), and from 11 subjects with a diagnosis of Dementia of Alzheimer Type (DAT). The task requirement was to attend to a series of visually presented words so as to respond to occasional animal names. Non-animal names repeated(More)
Recent studies have shown that certain symptoms of spatial neglect are co-determined by two major factors: one whose general nature is perceptual, the other whose nature is directional and/or motor. In the present study, patients whose neglect was classified as predominantly 'perceptual' or 'directional' through use of the Landmark task (Milner, Brechmann(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Reported risks of hemorrhage from intracranial developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) vary, so we investigated this in a systematic review and population-based study. METHODS We systematically reviewed the literature (Ovid Medline and Embase to November 7, 2007) and selected studies of >or=20 participants with >or=1 DVA(s) that(More)
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) show impairments on tasks that require them to switch attention between two perceptual dimensions (extradimensional (ED) shifting). It has been suggested that ED shifting deficits can be caused by two separate mechanisms, 'learned irrelevance' and 'perseveration'. This study set out to test the hypothesis that enhanced(More)
Groups of patients with left or right unilateral cerebral stroke were tested for their ability to reach either toward a single visual target or midway between 2 targets. The tasks were performed both in free vision and in conditions preventing visual feedback from the hand. It was found that only the right CVA patients were inaccurate in reaching, and only(More)