Left unilateral neglect or right hyperattention?

Paolo Bartolomeo, S. Chokron

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Contradictory interpretations of left unilateral neglect suggest that it reflects either decreased attention toward the left or increased attention toward the right. According to the right-hyperattention postulate, increasing severity of neglect should result from an increasingly stronger bias toward the right. Thus, response times to right-sided targets should become progressively faster as neglect increases in severity across patients. The left-hypoattention postulate predicts that as neglect increases, progressively less-attentional resources are deployed in both hemispaces. Thus, response times to right targets should progressively increase with increasing neglect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2023-2027
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attention
  • Brain Damage, Chronic
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Orientation
  • Perceptual Disorders
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Reaction Time


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