Drawing with oblique coordinates: On a single case

Dario Grossi, Gabriella Santangelo, Giuseppe Carbone, Flavia Giordano, Valentina Gerarda Angelillo, Luigi Trojano

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We describe a patient with right hemisphere damage affected by mild left visuo-spatial neglect and constructional apraxia. During the rehabilitation, he failed to draw a draught-board using horizontal and vertical trajectories, but he performed it successfully using oblique trajectories. These observations suggested an impairment of vertical/horizontal spatial coordinates system. In copying tasks including figure elements in different orientations he drew more accurately components in oblique orientation, whereas failed to reproduce components in horizontal orientation. The patient performed visuospatial perceptual and perceptual-imaginative tasks successfully. From these findings, it is possible to suggest that the oblique coordinate system of reference operates independently of vertical and horizontal coordinate systems in building a complex figure and that, therefore, cardinal orientation do not constitute a reference norm to define oblique orientation, as previously suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Constructional apraxia
  • spatial coordinates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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