Optokinetic stimulation with left direction of the movement of luminous dots temporarily improved motor weakness of the left hand in two right- brain-damaged patients with left spatial hemineglect. Stimulation to the right had no effect. In two left-brain-damaged patients, optokinetic stimulation did not affect the right motor weakness, regardless of direction of the movement of the optokinetic stimuli. We suggest that in patients with left hemineglect, contralesional motor deficits have a neglect-related component, which, as other aspects of the neglect syndrome, may be improved by optokinetic stimulation. The mechanisms may include a temporary restoration of the spatial coordinates of bodily representations, pathologically distorted towards the side of the lesion.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1997|
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