Developmental topographical disorientation in a healthy subject

F. Bianchini, C. Incoccia, L. Palermo, L. Piccardi, L. Zompanti, U. Sabatini, Patrice Peran, C. Guariglia

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We present the case of F.G., a healthy, normally developed 22-year-old male subject affected by a pervasive disorder in environmental orientation and navigation who presents no history of neurological or psychiatric disease. A neuro-radiological examination showed no evidence of anatomical or structural alterations to the brain. We submitted the subject for a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of the different cognitive processes involved in topographical orientation to evaluate his ability to navigate the spatial environment. The results confirmed a severe developmental topographical disorder and deficits in a number of specific cognitive processes directly or indirectly involved in navigation.The results are discussed with reference to the sole previously described case of developmental topographical disorientation (Pt1; Iaria et al., 2009). F.G. differs from the former case due to the following: the greater severity of his disorder, his complete lack of navigational skills, the failure to develop compensatory strategies, and the presence of a specific deficit in processing the spatial relationships between the parts of a whole.The present case not only confirms the existence of developmental topographical-skill disorders, but also sheds light on the architecture of topographical processes and their development in human beings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1573
Number of pages11
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Development of navigational skills
  • Environmental navigation
  • Selective developmental disorders
  • Spatial memory
  • Spatial orientation
  • Topographical disorientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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