The role of vision in spatial representation

S Chokron, P Colliot, Paolo Bartolomeo

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A complex link exists between vision and unilateral spatial neglect (USN). Firstly, USN is not a perceptual deficit, secondly, USN is not necessarily accompanied by a visual deficit and finally, USN can be observed in non-visual modalities as well as in mental spatial imagery. This apparent supramodality of USN stands in sharp contrast to the fact that neglect signs are often more severe and more durable in the visual than in other sensory modalities (Chokron et al., 2002). The influence of vision on spatial representation has rarely been studied. In the present study we assessed six right brain-damaged patients suffering from left USN on two tasks involving spatial representations: a clock-drawing task and a drawing from memory task in two experimental conditions, with and without visual control. We confirm that even in mental imagery, the absence of visual feedback may decrease and even suppress left neglect signs (Bartolomeo and Chokron, 2001b; 2002). Since vision is largely involved in the orientation of attention in space, suppressing visual control could reduce the magnetic attraction towards the right ipsilesional hemispace and in this way could allow a re-orientation of attention towards the left neglected hemispace. We discuss the theoretical and therapeutic implications of these findings.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)281-290
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2004
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain Damage, Chronic
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Processes
  • Middle Aged
  • Orientation
  • Perceptual Disorders
  • Reference Values
  • Space Perception
  • Spatial Behavior
  • Stroke
  • Vision, Ocular


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