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Weights and measures: A new look at bisection behaviour in neglect

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Daniel Birchall


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Horizontal line bisection is a ubiquitous task in the investigation Of Visual neglect. Patients with left neglect typically make rightward errors that increase with line length and for lines at more leftward positions. For short lines, or for lines presented in right space, these errors may 'cross over' to become leftward. We have taken a new approach to these phenomena by employing a different set of dependent and independent variables for their description. Rather than recording bisection error, we record the lateral position of the response within the workspace. We have studied how this varies when the locations of the left and right endpoints are manipulated independently. Across 30 patients with left neglect, we have observed a characteristic asymmetry between the 'weightings' accorded to the two endpoints, such that responses are less affected by changes in the location of the left endpoint than by changes in the location of the right. We show that a simple endpoint weightings analysis accounts readily for the effects of line length and spatial position, including cross-over effects, and leads to an index of neglect that is more sensitive than the standard measure. We argue that this novel approach is more parsimonious than the standard model and yields fresh insights into the nature of neglect impairment. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McIntosh RD, Schindler I, Birchall D, Milner AD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cognitive Brain Research

Year: 2005

Volume: 25

Issue: 3

Pages: 833-850

ISSN (print): 0926-6410

ISSN (electronic): 1872-6240

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.cogbrainres.2005.09.008


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