Two left-neglect patients were asked (i) to bisect a 15 cm line, (ii) to bisect the empty space between the endpoints of a 15 cm virtual line, and (iii) to set the endpoints of a 15 cm virtual line, given its midpoint. With one patient, the subjective midpoint of the virtual line was found to be displaced leftwards with respect to the subjective midpoint of the real line, whereas with the other it was found to be displaced rightwards. However, in condition (iii) both patients significantly underestimated the distance from the centre of the rightmost point of the virtual line while relatively overestimating that from the centre to the left endpoint. This latter result challenges current accounts of unilateral neglect.
- line bisection
- unilateral neglect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology