Visuomotor Adaptation to Optical Prisms: A New Cure for Spatial Neglect?

Mattingley, Jason B. (2002) Visuomotor Adaptation to Optical Prisms: A New Cure for Spatial Neglect?. Cortex, 38 3: 277-283. doi:10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70659-2


Author Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Visuomotor Adaptation to Optical Prisms: A New Cure for Spatial Neglect?
Journal name Cortex   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-9452
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1016/S0010-9452(08)70659-2
Volume 38
Issue 3
Start page 277
End page 283
Total pages 7
Editor S. Della Sala
J. Grafman
Place of publication Milano, Italy
Publisher Masson
Language eng
Subject 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Abstract In this issue, McIntosh and colleagues show that visual and haptic deficits in spatial neglect can be improved following a brief period of visuomotor adaptation to rightward displacing optical prisms. Their paper is the latest in a series of recent studies that have demonstrated the utility of prismatic adaptation in reducing the clinical symptoms of unilateral spatial neglect (Pisella et al., 2002; Rode et al., 1999; Rossetti et al., 1998; Rossetti et al., 1999). The technique has great promise as a rehabilitative tool, and may provide unique insights into the underlying mechanisms of spatial perception and action in normality and pathology. In this article I provide an introduction to the neuropsychological syndrome of spatial neglect, highlighting the significant rehabilitative challenges it poses for clinicians. I then outline the prism adaptation procedure, and consider the possible reasons for its beneficial effects in patients with spatial neglect. I conclude with some open questions and suggestions for future research.
Keyword Psychophysiology
Nervous system
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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