Right-sided representational neglect after left brain damage in a case without visuospatial working memory deficits.

Abstract

Brain damaged patients suffering from representational neglect (RN) fail to report, orient to, or verbally describe contra-lesional elements of imagined environments or objects. So far this disorder has only been reported after right brain damage, leading to the idea that only the right hemisphere is involved in this deficit. A widely accepted account attributes RN to a lateralized impairment in the visuospatial component of working memory. So far, however, this hypothesis has not been tested in detail. In the present paper, we describe, for the first time, the case of a left brain damaged patient suffering from right-sided RN while imagining both known and new environments and objects. An in-depth evaluation of her visuospatial working memory abilities, with special focus on the presence of a lateralized deficit, did not reveal any abnormality. In sharp contrast, her ability to memorize visual information was severely compromised. The implications of these results are discussed in the light of recent insights in the neglect syndrome.

DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.03.004

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@article{Dijck2013RightsidedRN, title={Right-sided representational neglect after left brain damage in a case without visuospatial working memory deficits.}, author={Jean-Philippe van Dijck and Wim Gevers and Christophe Lafosse and Wim Fias}, journal={Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior}, year={2013}, volume={49 9}, pages={2283-93} }