Neuropsychological Correlates of Localized Cerebral Lesions in Non-aphasic Brain-damaged Patients

Gabriele Miceli, C. Caltagirone, G. Gainotti, C. Masullo, M. C. Silveri

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Abstract

A neuropsychological test battery made up of verbal, visual-spatial, and intelligence tests was administered to 82 right and 67 non-aphasic left brain-damaged patients with localized cerebral lesions, in order to draw impairment profiles of the various subgroups. Separate analyses were undertaken on patients with unilobar and multilobar lesions. As for hemisphere effects, LH patients performed worse than RH subjects on verbal tests, while the reverse was true for visual-spatial tasks. As for lobe effects, patients with frontal lobe damage fared worse than other subgroups on word fluency, independent of the side of the lesion. RH patients with multilobar posterior lesions were significantly more impaired than other RH subgroups on the test of Copying Drawings with Landmarks, probably owing to the detrimental effect of unilateral spatial neglect on tasks requiring an accurate visual-spatial analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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