Coordinate frames for naming misoriented chimerics: A case study of visuo-spatial neglect

G. Di Pellegrino, F. Frassinetti, G. Basso

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A persistent line of inquiry for the students of visuo-spatial neglect has involved the perceptual frame of reference respect to which the neglected region of space is defined. On standard testing conditions viewer-centered and object-centered systems of coordinates are confounded. In order to disambiguate these two reference frames FB, a patient with severe left visual neglect consequent upon a right parieto-temporal haemorrhage, was asked to identify chimeric figures presented at different orientations. FB continued to recognize poorly the left side of chimeric figures even when the display was rotated 90° clockwise or anticlockwise so that the 'left' of the chimeric fell on the patient's egocentric up or down, respectively. The result suggests that, at least under the present testing conditions, unilateral neglect is tied to the principal (top-bottom) axis of the object. Object-centered vs. (viewer-centered) representational accounts of this finding are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-777
Number of pages11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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