Unilateral spatial neglect (USN) is believed to be a disorder of attention, characterized by impairment in the ability to perceive or respond to stimuli presented to the contralesional space, and which is not attributable to significant sensory or motor deficits. USN has serious consequences for rehabilitation and long term disabilities. Efforts have been made to clarify both the theoretical basis of this phenomenon and the rehabilitation methods that will be best in improving function. The purpose of this study is to try and contribute to both efforts by examining treatment effectiveness of two methods; one targeting general arousal (phasic alerting), and the other targeting increasing awareness to left side stimuli and habit changes. Functional neuroimaging methods (PET [positron emission tomography] and fMRI [functional magnetic resonance imaging]) have been applied to understand the functional anatomy of the brain during mental processes. Only a few attempts have been made to use functional ...
Imagine struggling to see, listen, or make movements in half of your environment. This is typical for individuals who suffer from unilateral spatial neglect, a common post-stroke deficit of attention to objects or events on the side opposite of the brain injury. The condition has a major impact on the everyday lives of stroke survivors and has shown to be a strong predictor of disability.
article{MaDoSpGaHeBaHe12, author = {Bjorn Machner and Michael Dorr and Andreas Sprenger and Janina von der Gablentz and Wolfgang Heide and Erhardt Barth and Christoph Helmchen}, title = {Impact of dynamic bottom-up features and top-down control on the visual exploration of moving real-world scenes in hemispatial neglect}, journal = {Neuropsychologia}, volume = {50}, year = {2012}, pages = {2415--2425}, pdf = {http://www.inb.uni-luebeck.de/publications/pdfs/MaDoSpGaHeBaHe12.pdf}, url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.06.012}, abstract = {. Patients with hemispatial neglect are severely impaired in orienting their attention to contralesional hemispace. Although motion is one of the strongest attentional cues in humans, it is still unknown how neglect patients visually explore their moving real-world environment.. We therefore recorded eye movements at bedside in 19 patients with hemispatial neglect following acute right hemisphere stroke, 14 right-brain damaged patients ...
This study compared the frequency with which unilateral and bilateral cerebral disease gives rise to right sided visual hemispatial inattention. A retrospective survey identified brain injured patients for whom target omissions on visual target cancellation tasks significantly exceeded control values. Subjects consisted of 40 right handed patients referred for clinical evaluation or research study of hemispatial inattention. Right sided visual hemispatial inattention occurred with greater frequency and severity in patients with bilateral lesions than in patients with unilateral left sided or right sided lesions. All eight patients with bilateral lesions manifested right sided hemispatial inattention and failed to detect more targets overall than patients in the other two groups. Of the 13 patients with left sided lesion, seven ignored more targets on the right and six ignored more targets on the left. All but one of the 19 patients with right sided lesions ignored more targets on the left. The ...
Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme-color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may appear as a three-dimensional map (clockwise or counterclockwise). Synesthetic associations can occur in any combination and any number of senses or cognitive pathways. Little is known about how synesthesia develops. It has been suggested that synesthesia develops during childhood when children are intensively engaged with abstract concepts for the first time. This hypothesis - referred to ...
We report the results of a new form of therapy for unilateral spatial neglect. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) applied to the left forearm extensor muscles reduced the symptoms of severe left unilateral visual neglect in three patients, with the benefits being measurable at 6 months post-treatment. We suggest that FES activates a proprioceptive map within the right parietal lobe whose level of activation is otherwise diminished by the lesion. This both increases awareness of the contralesional side and stimulates functional interactions with the environment.
A lively debate in neuropsychology addresses the question of which neural structure, when damaged, causes spatial neglect. Behaviorally, individuals with spatial neglect show several disturbances including the spontaneous deviation of head and eyes towards the ipsilesional (right) side as well as inattention to objects and persons located on the contralesional side of space (for a review, see Karnath and Rorden, 2012). Occasionally, neglect is associated with visual extinction, a deficit in the ability to simultaneously perceive multiple competing stimuli (Oppenheim 1885). Neglect and extinction show obvious differences and several scholars have argued that they represent separate deficits (Bisiach, 1991; Driver et al., 1997; Karnath & Rorden, 2012; Milner, 1997; Vallar et al., 1994). Moreover, they seem to have anatomically related but (partly) separated neural representations (Karnath et al., 2003). In particular, spatial neglect is provoked by damage to a spatially distributed right hemisphere
To investigate the correlation between visuospatial neglect and anemia in patients with right cerebral infarction, as well as to identify the risk factor of neglect and furnish preliminary data on rehabilitation management. The line bisection t
Unilateral spatial neglect occurs frequently following a brain lesion in especially the right hemisphere (25-30% of all stroke patients, Appleros et al, 2002), resulting in a failure to report or respond to stimulation in contralesional hemispace. Prism adaptation is the most widely studied method to alleviate the symptoms of neglect. Effects of a single session of prism adaptation have been reported across clinical measures, but also in more daily situations, such as wheelchair navigation (Rossetti et al, 1999) and postural control (Tilikete et al, 2001). The current study will focus on the effects of an intensive programme of exposure to prism adaptation (i.e. daily exposure during two weeks) and whether more permanent changes in spatial awareness can be objectified. To assess the effects of prism adaptation in the proposed study, patients will receive either prism adaptation or sham adaptation. We expect longer-lasting, more general beneficial effects after prism adaptation compared to sham ...
To provide evidence for neuropsychological rehabilitation, controlled trials are required of the techniques that claim to reduce the disabling effects of USN. Although single-case designs are often used, group studies (particularly randomized controlled trials) are requested more frequently by organizations that fund research grants. Reliable epidemiological data are essential to ensure that these studies have adequate statistical power. These data include the proportion of patients likely to experience contralateral USN after stroke and the extent of natural recovery over time.. The present report systematically reviewed existing data on the frequency of USN after stroke and the effects of various factors on the reported frequency rates. For many of the studies investigated, the frequency data were not reported in sufficient detail for the purposes of the present study. However, no criticism is intended of these studies since the frequency data were often not the main aim of their work.. The ...
Consider joining our study.. Synaesthesia is an unusual and intriguing condition sometimes described as a mixing of the senses. People with synaesthesia have experiences in which their senses appear to be connected. While some synaesthetes associate letters, days of the week, or months of the year with colours, others feel a taste on their tongue when they say a word, or experience vivid sensations that incorporate colours, shapes, textures and movement in response to hearing music. Synaesthesia is different from normal memories or associations because the sensations experienced are automatic and involuntary, and are largely consistent over time. The current estimates are that 2-5% of people have synaesthetic experiences. Synaesthesia is a neurodevelopmental condition, which means that it results from events during brain development, leading to unusual patterns of neural connectivity. Brain imaging studies show that something different is happening in the brains of synaesthetes compared to ...
Reviews in Clinical Gerontology ; Cambridge University Press Printed in the United Kingdom DOI: /S The rehabilitation of unilateral neglect: a review of the evidence
Number-space synesthetes visualize numbers in specific spatial configurations. Their spatial-numerical perceptions are assumed to be automatic in nature and have been found to affect performance in various numerical tasks. The current study tested whether synesthetic number-space associations can modulate the well-established Size Congruency Effect (SiCE), which is considered to be an indication for the automaticity of numerical processing. Two groups, number-space synesthetes and matched controls, were tested on a numerical Stroop task (Henik and Tzelgov, 1982). In separate blocks, participants were presented with two digits and asked to make comparative judgments regarding either numerical values (numerical comparison) or physical size (physical comparison). Both dimensions were manipulated orthogonally, creating three congruency levels: congruent (e.g., 2 7), incongruent (e.g., 2 7) and neutral (e.g., 2 2 and 2 7 for physical and numerical blocks, respectively). For the numerical block, both
Wordplayer commented on the word neglect syndrome In Neglect Syndrome, a person loses the ability to give equal attention to both sides of a space. For example, a patient in a rehabilitation hospital may wake up in the morning and proceeds to shave his face - only to be told later that he has only shaved half of his face. A person with this disorder, when drawing a person, will often leave off the arm and leg from one side, and when questioned, will state that it looks perfectly fine to them. When drawing a clock, the sufferer will often draw a circle and stuff all of the numbers in to one side. March 26, 2011 ...
However, a new study has identified 11 synesthetes whose grapheme-color mappings appear to be based on the Fisher Price plastic letter set made between 1972-1990 (Witthoft & Winawer, 2013). 2 Letter-color mapping data were obtained from the participants using either The Synesthesia Battery Web site (synesthete.org) or in-house software. This required that the subjects use a color picker to identify the hue of 26 upper case letters and 10 numerals three times each (presented in random order). They did this in two separate sessions, and then the consistency within and across sessions was evaluated. The participants also completed a speeded Stroop-like task, where they had to identify whether the color font was congruent (A) or incongruent (A) relative to their synesthetic mapping ...
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In summary, the implications for practice are that the effectiveness of rehabilitation for neglect remains unproven. The potential benefits on specialized impairment tests were not confirmed by improvements in activities of daily living. Specific rehabilitation techniques cannot at present be supported or challenged by information from randomized trials.. The implications for research are that there is sufficiently compelling evidence to encourage further A-rated randomized controlled trials. These must include meaningful activity level measures and a follow-up assessment of persisting effects. Serious attempts to investigate the rehabilitation of these disabling cognitive deficits must consider the cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychological literature. Advances in thinking about dissociable types of neglect, and targeting these with theory-based rehabilitation strategies, must be the way forward. This Cochrane review is ongoing, and the authors would be grateful to receive information about ...
Previous findings imply that synaesthetic experience may have consequences for sensory processing of stimuli that do not themselves trigger synaesthesia. For example, synaesthetes who experience colou
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I had been right about the foot pain. It was a message from the brain saying there was pain and that something was wrong and that I should protect the injured part. I can now usually recognize that the extreme pains are an incorrect message. It is very, very hard to ignore that message but I know I must. Neglect symptoms come from protecting and not using body parts that are very painful and that our smart brain tells us is best practice to rest and protect. ...
Study identifies specific chromosomal regions linked to auditory visual synaesthesia characterized by seeing colors in response to sounds
Bargary and Mitchell in a review article suggested that defects in one of the three specific processes related to neurodevelopment could result in increased structural connectivity between brain areas responsible for the perception or processing of the sensory information involved in the synaesthetic experiences. The three proposed pathways are: neural pruning, axon guidance, and border formation9. Although, these pathways are proposed to produce hyperconnectivity in the brain by either failing to eliminate synaptic connections or make appropriate synapses, these claims have yet to be validated experimentally. In addition, scientists have not been able to narrow down which molecular mechanisms within these neurodevelopmental pathways are altered to generate synaesthesia. For instance, is the abnormality at the protein level or at the gene level? If there is a defect in the protein, is it a result of improper protein folding, creating reduced or non-functioning proteins or is there excessive ...
What would it be like if numbers and musical tones had colours? People with synaesthesia experience the world in this way - and scientists are trying to find out why.
Synesthesia is the crossing of two neural pathways which causes one sense to be activated unconsciously when another was consciously activate. The Greek meanings of the word are Syn (union) and…
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Hemispatial neglect following right-hemisphere stroke is a common and disabling disorder, for which there is currently no effective pharmacological treatment. Dopamine agonists have been shown to play a role in selective attention and working memory, two core cognitive components of neglect. Here, we investigated whether the dopamine agonist rotigotine would have a beneficial effect on hemispatial neglect in stroke patients. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled ABA design was used, in which each patient was assessed for 20 testing sessions, in three phases: pretreatment (Phase A1), on transdermal rotigotine for 7-11 days (Phase B) and post-treatment (Phase A2), with the exact duration of each phase randomized within limits. Outcome measures included performance on cancellation (visual search), line bisection, visual working memory, selective attention and sustained attention tasks, as well as measures of motor control. Sixteen right-hemisphere stroke patients were recruited, all of whom
The role of the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) and superior temporal gyrus (STG) or subcortical pathways as possible anatomical correlates of spatial neglect is currently intensely discussed. Some of the conflicting results might have arisen because patients were examined in the acute stage of disease. We examined the anatomical basis of spatial neglect in a sample of patients examined in the post-acute stage following right-hemispheric vascular brain damage. Lesions of 28 patients with chronic spatial neglect were contrasted to lesions of 22 control patients without neglect using lesion subtraction techniques and voxel-wise comparisons. The comparisons identified the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) with underlying white matter, the supramarginal gyrus, the posterior STG, and the insula as brain regions damaged significantly more often in neglect compared to non-neglect patients. In a subgroup of neglect patients showing particularly large cancellation bias together with small errors on line bisection
Persistent leftward visual neglect following right hemisphere stroke has a poor prognosis for functional independence.1 Devising treatments for this condition requires a better understanding of underlying mechanisms.2 The report by Schnider et al3 strikingly demonstrates a key factor that might be a target for future therapeutic strategies and also reveals how neglect is very different from fixed visual deficits such as hemianopia.. In left homonymous hemianopia, the left visual field is missing for the patient, with a sharp cut-off at the vertical meridian (figure 1B). Neglect is very different. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that the condition is better conceptualised as a gradient of visual unawareness, with no sharp vertical division in awareness (figure 1C). Indeed, whether an … ...
Objective: Vestibular signals are involved in higher cortical functions like spatial orientation and its disorders. Vestibular dysfunction contributes, for example, to spatial neglect which can be transiently improved by caloric stimulation. The exact roles and mechanisms of the vestibular and visual systems for the recovery of neglect are not yet known. Methods: Resting-state functional connectivity (fc) magnetic resonance imaging was recorded in a patient with hemispatial neglect during the acute phase and after recovery 6 months later following a right middle cerebral artery infarction before and after caloric vestibular stimulation. Seeds in the vestibular [parietal operculum (OP2)], the parietal [posterior parietal cortex (PPC);7A, hIP3], and the visual cortex (VC) were used for the analysis. Results: During the acute stage after caloric stimulation the fc of the right OP2 to the left OP2, the anterior cingulum, and the para/hippocampus was increased bilaterally (i.e., the vestibular ...
Synaesthesia is a hereditary, neurological condition in which common stimuli trigger unexpected secondary sensations. For example, reading letters may result in the visualisation of colour, a variant known as grapheme-colour synaesthesia. While synaesthesia is thought to confer a range of benefits such as improved memory, empathy, visual search and creativity to the synaesthete, there is a small, yet growing, body of evidence that suggests synaesthesia may also be associated with more clinical conditions. This thesis investigates potential associations between synaesthesia and a range of clinical conditions, identifying a set of cormorbidities, and exploring the possible genetic roots of these associations. First, I identified an increased prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its clinical precursor, radiologically isolated syndrome (RIS) in synaesthetes self-referring for participation in scientific studies. Furthermore, I identified an increased occurrence of anxiety disorder in randomly ...
Visual neglect of left space following right parietal damage in humans involves a lateral bias in attention, apparent in many search tasks. We hypothesized that parietal neglect may also involve a failure to remember which locations have already been examined during visual search: an impairment in retaining searched locations across saccades. Using a new paradigm, we monitored gaze during search, while simultaneously probing whether observers judged they had found a new target, or judged instead that they were re-fixating a previously examined target. A patient with left neglect following focal right parietal infarction repeatedly re-fixated right locations. Critically, he often failed to remember that these locations had already been searched, treating old targets as new discoveries at an abnormal rate. In comparison, healthy age-matched control subjects rarely re-fixated targets, and mistook old targets as new targets even more rarely. The frequency of such mistakes in the parietal patient, for
methods used to decompose neuroanatomy of visuospatial disorders. The first study contrasted the neural substrates of different neglect symptoms, specifically the contributions of common and dissociable grey and white matter changes linked to allocentric and egocentric neglect. Two following studies decomposed the neuroanatomy of frequently co-occurring spatial attention syndromes by examining (1) the lesion patterns associated with visual and tactile extinction vs. those related to visual field defects and neglect, and (2) the lesion pattern linked to simultanagnosia, extracting out lesions associated with unilateral visuospatial deficits. These studies demonstrated that the different patterns of grey matter lesions in individual patients, and the laterality of white matter disconnections, determine the degree to which visual processing and spatial attention are disrupted and thus the nature of the observed cognitive symptoms. The final study examined the neuroanatomy of subacute relative to ...
Visual extinction after right parietal damage involves a loss of awareness for stimuli in the contralesional field when presented concurrently with ipsilesional stimuli, although contralesional stimuli are still perceived if presented alone. However, extinguished stimuli can still receive some residual on-line processing, without awareness. Here we examined whether such residual processing of extinguished stimuli can produce implicit and/or explicit memory traces lasting many minutes. We tested four patients with right parietal damage and left extinction on two sessions, each including distinct study and subsequent test phases. At study, pictures of objects were shown briefly in the right, left, or both fields. Patients were asked to name them without memory instructions (Session 1) or to make an indoor/outdoor categorization and memorize them (Session 2). They extinguished most left stimuli on bilateral presentation. During the test (up to 48 min later), fragmented pictures of the previously exposed
WORKSHOP - Synesthesia Sunday UPDATED SCHEDULE / SYNESTHESIA WORKSHOP Northern Lights: Expanding the Lexicon of Synesthesia May 1 - Full Day. Time and Location: TBA. SCHEDULE WORKSHOP - Synesthesia Sunday, May 1 - Full Day. 9:00 am - 5:15 pm Time and Location: TBA. Chair, Maureen Seaberg. Participants: William C Bushell, Neil Theise, MD, Patricia Lynne Duffy, Michael Sollberger Nancy Clark, Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Alexandra Kirschner, Jason Padgett,. Carrie C Firman, Ezgi Sorman, Berit Brogaard, Dirk Proeckl, Engelbert Winkler. Synesthesia, as it is defined now, is a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occuring when another modality is stimulated. But what of the lit quality of the photisms synesthetes see? And what of the colors they often associate with things like numbers, letters and music? And then there are their prodigious memories - aided by this color, which acts like a mnemonic… And what of the landscapes that they see, alphabets sometimes climbing upwards or ...
Reaction time studies have shown that number-form synesthetes are faster to say which of two numbers is larger when the numbers are arranged in a manner consistent with their number-form, suggesting that number forms are automatically evoked (Sagiv et al. 2006; Piazza et al.). This can be thought of as a "spatial Stroop" task, in which space is not relevant to the task, but which can hinder performance despite its irrelevance. The fact that synesthetes cannot ignore the spatial arrangement of the numbers on the screen demonstrates that numbers are automatically evoking spatial cues. The reaction times for valid cues are smaller than invalid cues (words and arrows), but in synesthetes the response time differences for months are larger than those of non-synesthetes (Teuscher et al. 2010). ...
Spatial neglect is caused when damage to the brain after stroke means that it no longer received information about one side of the body and/or world. Stroke survivors with spatial neglect might not be aware of anything happening on one side of their body. This research will investigate a computer based version of a new treatment for spatial neglect after stroke.. ...
Spatial neglect is caused when damage to the brain after stroke means that it no longer received information about one side of the body and/or world. Stroke survivors with spatial neglect might not be aware of anything happening on one side of their body. This research will investigate a computer based version of a new treatment for spatial neglect after stroke.. ...
In response to my previous blog post on synesthesia, Gary Skaleski (MA, LPC, currently working as an EAP case manager) wrote the following:. "About 1976-77 John Grinder was teaching about modalities, and at one point came up with a technique which I had not heard anyone else talk about, not written up as far as I know, but which I found helpful. We started talking about synesthesia, and while discussing overlap, John suggested we spend time every day mapping from one modality to another, but at such a small level that we would never get overwhelmed. Example: take a sound. Not a word (big scope: "Amen") but part of that word (Ah) and turn that into a feeling (not emotion, but how and where that sound feels physically in or on your body), then take that feeling and turn it into a visual image (again, not a scene but a simple shape, color, etc.).. "The order is not important, and could start with a feeling, to visual to auditory, etc. Just keep overlapping at this small level. After a few weeks ...
Visual Rehabilitation in Children and Adolescents: Treatment Techniques for Cross Dominance, Visual Neglect, Ocular Motility and Scotopic Sensitivity
A range of techniques has been used to probe non-spatial or non-directional deficits. The attentional blink paradigm has revealed a profound and long-lasting deficit in the temporal dynamics of visual processing for stimuli presented at fixation in right-hemisphere neglect patients (Husain et al., 1997). When attention is engaged on one item, such patients have difficulty in attending to subsequent items for ,1 second, even when items are presented centrally, a finding reminiscent of non-spatial extinction in parietal patients (Humpreys et al. 1994). Bilateral deficits (i.e. on both sides of space) have also been reported in parietal patients, with reduced capacity to encode visual stimuli presented transiently in either visual field (Duncan et al., 1999; Batelli et al., 2001). Several groups have also reported impaired ability to sustain attention or maintain vigilance over protracted periods of time in patients with neglect, even for central auditory stimuli (see Robertson, 2001). Others have ...