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INTRODUCTION: Patients with neglect often fail to be aware of stimuli located on their contralesional side--the side of space opposite their brain damage. Some patients show impairments in extrapersonal space; others within personal (body) space; and some in both. Although the neglect syndrome may be associated with a distorted perception of extrapersonal or personal space, recent investigations suggest that attentional, memory and motor deficits may be important additional components. CONCLUSION: Better understanding of these cognitive impairments holds the key to offering effective treatment for neglect, as well as providing important insights into normal brain function.

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Journal article


Cogn Neuropsychiatry

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195 - 209