In patients with hemi-spatial neglect eye movement patterns during visual search reflect not only inattention for the contralesional hemi-field, but interacting deficits of multiple visuo-spatial and cognitive functions, even in the ipsilesional hemi-field. Evidence for these deficits is presented from the literature and from saccadic scan-path analysis during feature and conjunction search in 10 healthy subjects and in 10 patients with manifest or recovered left visual neglect due to right-hemispheric stroke. Deficits include (1) a rightward shift of spatial representation, (2) deficient spatial working memory and failure of systematic search strategies, leading to multiple re-fixations, more after frontal lesions, and (3) a reduced spotlight of attention and a deficient pop-out effect of color, more after temporo-parietal lesions.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)