Spatial cognition: Evidence from visual neglect

Peter W. Halligan, Gereon R. Fink, John C. Marshall, Giuseppe Vallar

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Recent work on human attention and representational systems has benefited from a growing interplay between research on normal attention and neuropsychological disorders such as visual neglect. Research over the past 30 years has convincingly shown that, far from being a unitary condition, neglect is a protean disorder whose symptoms can selectively affect different sensory modalities, cognitive processes, spatial domains and coordinate systems. These clinical findings, together with those of functional neuroimaging, have increased knowledge about the anatomical and functional architecture of normal subsystems involved in spatial cognition. We provide a selective overview of how recent investigations of visual neglect are beginning to elucidate the underlying structure of spatial processes and mental representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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