Contrast sensitivity loss in the neglect hemifield

Paola Angelelli, Maria De Luca, Donatella Spinelli

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Contrast sensitivity to gratings of various spatial frequencies displayed in the left and right visual hemifield was measured in a group of ten right brain-damaged patients with unilateral visuospatial neglect. Two groups of ten left brain-damaged (LBD) and ten right brain-damaged (RBD) patients without neglect served as controls. All patients had normal visual fields according to standard clinical procedure. Stimuli were patches of sinusoidal gratings of 1, 2, 4 and 8 c/deg spatial frequency. The patches subtended 6 deg and were displayed at 3 deg of eccentricity. A two-alternative forced-choice technique was employed. Results showed a reduction in contrast sensitivity for stimuli presented to the contralesional hemifield with respect to the ipsilesional hemifield in patients with neglect. No difference in contrast sensitivity between hemifields was found for LBD and RBD groups. These findings indicate a basic visual impairment in the contralesional hemifield in patients with neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Unilateral neglect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience(all)


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