Motor deficits and optokinetic stimulation in patients with left hemineglect

Giuseppe Vallar, Cecilia Guariglia, Daniele Nico, Luigi Pizzamiglio

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1364-1370
Number of pages7
JournalNeurology
Volume49
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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