Visual recognition and visually guided action after early bilateral lesion of occipital cortex: A behavioral study of a 4.6-year-old girl

Ileana Amicuzi, Massimo Stortini, Maurizio Petrarca, Paola Di Giulio, Giuseppe Di Rosa, Giuseppe Fariello, Daniela Longo, Vittorio Cannatà, Elisabetta Genovese, Enrico Castelli

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We report the case of a 4.6-year-old girl born pre-term with early bilateral occipital damage. It was revealed that the child had non-severely impaired basic visual abilities and ocular motility, a selective perceptual deficit of figure-ground segregation, impaired visual recognition and abnormal navigating through space. Even if the child's visual functioning was not optimal, this was the expression of adaptive anatomic and functional brain modifications that occurred following the early lesion. Anatomic brain structure was studied with anatomic MRI and Diffusor Tensor Imaging (DTI)-MRI. This behavioral study may provide an important contribution to understanding the impact of an early lesion of the visual system on the development of visual functions and on the immature brain's potential for reorganisation related to when the damage occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-279
Number of pages17
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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