How efficient is a simple copying task to diagnose spatial neglect in its chronic phase?

Leif Johannsen, Hans-Otto Karnath

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Twenty-five patients with spatial neglect were tested in the acute phase and about 1.3 years after a right-hemisphere stroke. Ten patients had developed chronic spatial neglect. We investigated how sensitive a simple copying task is in detecting spatial neglect in the chronic phase. When the stroke was acute, all 10 patients omitted a considerable number of contralesionally located items in the copying task. In the chronic phase, 60% of the chronic neglect patients still demonstrated noticeable neglect in the copying task. The data indicate that a simple task such as the copying of a multi-object scene is a helpful tool to detect residual symptoms of spatial neglect even more than 1 year after the stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-256
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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