Differential effects of line length on bisection judgements in hemispatial neglect

Harvey, M. , Milner, A.D. and Roberts, R.C. (1995) Differential effects of line length on bisection judgements in hemispatial neglect. Cortex, 31(4), pp. 711-722. (doi:10.1016/S0010-9452(13)80022-6)

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Abstract

Recent studies have shown that certain symptoms of spatial neglect are co-determined by two major factors: one whose general nature is perceptual, the other whose nature is directional and/or motor. In the present study, Patients whose neglect was classified as predominantly ‘perceptual’ or ‘directional’ through use of the Landmark task (Milner, Brechmann and Pagliarini 1992) were asked to bisect lines ranging in length from 20 to only 2.5 cm. It was found that the one patient with predominantly directional neglect showed large rightward errors at all line lengths. In contrast, those with perceptual neglect made very small (usually leftward) errors on short lines. It is argued that it is essential to separate these different subtypes of neglect patient if we are to understand the causation of their behaviour in tasks such as line bisection.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harvey, Dr Monika
Authors: Harvey, M., Milner, A.D., and Roberts, R.C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Cortex
ISSN:0010-9452
ISSN (Online):1973-8102

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