Role of motor performance in cognitive processes of parkinsonian patients

F. Girotti, P. Soliveri, F. Carella, G. Geminiani, G. Aiello, T. Caraceni

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Abstract

Sixty-seven parkinsonian patients and 44 control subjects were tested for cognitive function and motor performance, using reaction times and movement times. Parkinsonian subjects did significantly worse in tests that required visuoperceptual and perceptual motor abilities, such as Object Assembly, Block Design, and Zazzo's test. Analysis of covariance of test scores showed that Block Design and Object Assembly scores were not significantly different between patients and controls when adjusted for reaction and movement times. Also, reaction and movement times were more delayed in parkinsonian patients than in controls. These results stress the main role of motor dysfunction in visuospatial and perceptual motor impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalNeurology
Volume38
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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