Constructional apraxia in Luria's theory

Guido Gainotti

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A short discussion of the meanings of the term "constructional apraxia" is made in order to understand better the significance of Luria's findings. Investigations which have followed Luria's distinction between a frontal type and a parietal type of constructional impairment have consistently obtained positive results. Studies which have transposed the opposition between a "planning" and a "visual-spatial" type of constructional apraxia from the anterior vs posterior to the left vs right side of brain damage have, in general, obtained negative results. Luria's hypothesis that the main function of the frontal lobes consists in the temporal organization of non-automatized goal directed behaviour is strongly supported by clinical and experimental studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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