Relationship between closing-in and spatial neglect: A case study

Massimiliano Conson, Claudia Nuzzaci, Laura Sagliano, Luigi Trojano

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We describe a right-brain-damaged patient with extrapersonal neglect, dysexecutive deficits, and closing-in. Because no study has investigated the relationship between spatial neglect and closing-in in patients with focal brain damage, we assessed how spatial factors (drawing direction: left-to-right, right-to-left, radial) and attentional load (single versus dual task copying; the concurrent task was counting aloud) interacted in determining our patient's closing-in. We found that her closingin was worst when she copied the stimulus (Luria's line) from left to right; greater attentional load significantly worsened her closing-in in the right-to-left direction. Closing-in seems to be caused by a pathologic release of motor behavior, analogous to other productive manifestations of extrapersonal neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-50
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 13 2016


  • Closing-in
  • Pathologic approach behavior
  • Productive disorders
  • Spatial neglect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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