Cognitive rehabilitation of the hemineglect disorder in chronic patients with unilateral right brain damage

L. Pizzamiglio, G. Antonucci, A. Judica, P. Montenero, C. Razzano, P. Zoccolotti

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Abstract

Thirteen patients with a stabilized hemineglect symptomatology due to right-hemisphere lesions were subjected to a rehabilitation training specifica1ly aimed at reducing the scanning deficit. The training consisted of four procedures (visual-spatial scanning, reading and copying training, copying of line drawings on a dot matrix, and figure description) which lasted 40 sessions. By the end of therapy, the patients as a group showed significant improvements on several standard tests of hemineglect. The results on a Semi-structured Scale for the Functional Evaluation of Hemineglect pointed to the extension of exploratory improvements to situations similar to those of daily life. In contrast, patients improved very slightly on a variety of standard visual-spatial tests, indicating the specificity of training in reducing the scanning defect. Seven patients were examined at a follow-up several months after the end of therapy and appeared stable on both standard and functional tests of neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-923
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Volume14
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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