Pure agnosia for mirror stimuli after right inferior parietal lesion

Konstantinos Priftis, Elena Rusconi, Carlo Umiltà, Marco Zorzi

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Abstract

This study reports the experimental investigation of G.R., a patient suffering from a highly specific disorder in discriminating mirror stimuli following a right temporoparietal cerebrovascular accident. G.R. showed intact perceptual, attentional, mnestic, linguistic and executive abilities. Object recognition was accurate even under unusual viewing conditions. He was highly accurate in defining the canonical orientation of common objects and in discriminating misoriented objects among identical distracters. However, he was severely impaired in tasks requiring mirror-stimulus discrimination, a deficit that persisted even when the object's coordinates were systematically misaligned with respect to his body. The disorder was also dependent upon the frame of reference (allocentric versus egocentric) activated on the basis of task demands. These results demonstrate the existence of a highly specific disorder in discriminating mirror stimuli defined in object-based coordinates, suggesting a failure in processing the directionality of an object's intrinsic x-axis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-919
Number of pages12
JournalBrain
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Agnosia
  • Frames of reference
  • Mirror images
  • Object recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Priftis, K., Rusconi, E., Umiltà, C., & Zorzi, M. (2003). Pure agnosia for mirror stimuli after right inferior parietal lesion. Brain, 126(4), 908-919. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awg075