Right-sided neglect in a left-hander: Evidence for reversed hemispheric specialization of attention capacity

Nina Dronkers, Robert T. Knight

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Abstract

Severe hemi-spatial neglect, anosognosia, contralateral hypokinesia, aprosodia, and visual-spatial constructive difficulties-typically seen in right-handers with right hemisphere lesions-were observed in a left-handed patient with an acute left frontal cortical and subcortical infarct. There was no evidence of accompanying aphasia and the neglect syndrome gradually resolved over a 2-week period. The assumption by the left hemisphere of a classic right hemisphere attention, visuo-spatial and prosodic superiority may represent a case of reversed hemispheric specialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-735
Number of pages7
JournalNeuropsychologia
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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