Line bisection errors in visual neglect: misguided action or size distortion?

Milner, A.D., Harvey, M. , Roberts, R.C. and Forster, S.V. (1993) Line bisection errors in visual neglect: misguided action or size distortion? Neuropsychologia, 31(1), pp. 39-49. (doi: 10.1016/0028-3932(93)90079-F)

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The rightward line bisection errors made by patients with visuospatial neglect can be explained as due to a spatially misdirected response, which would be predicted on either of two accounts. An alternative view, however, is that such patients actually mispercieve the left half of a horizontal line as being shorter than the right half. We have tested this possibility directly in three neglect patients, by giving them prebisected lines: they were found to judge a central transection mark as lying nearer to the left end of the lines. We were also able to test one of the patients on a series of size comparisons using computer-generated patterns. She was found to judge horizontal lines as shorter in the left half of visual space than in the right. This was also true for comparisons of the areas of nonsense figures. However she did not make such constant errors when comparing the lengths of vertical lines. It is suggested that an attentional deficit in left hemispace may result in the underestimation of horizontal extent. This would act in combination with misdirected reaching to determine the magnitude of line bisection errors.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harvey, Dr Monika
Authors: Milner, A.D., Harvey, M., Roberts, R.C., and Forster, S.V.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Neuropsychologia
ISSN (Online):1873-3514

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