Time course of eye and head deviation in spatial neglect

Monika Fruhmann Berger, Leif Johannsen, Hans-Otto Karnath

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Spatial neglect is characterized by a deviation of the eyes and the head during active search, as well as at rest. Here the authors investigate the hitherto unknown relationship between these striking behaviors in the course of recovery. Gaze, eye-in-head, and head-on-trunk positions were recorded separately under two experimental conditions: (i) at rest (i.e., without any specific requirements, doing nothing) and (ii) during active exploratory search in a large visual array of 240° × 80° over a 10-month period. The authors observed a parallel decrease of eye and head (= gaze) deviation in both conditions, accompanied by a comparable decline in neglect severity. The results strengthen the view that the marked gaze deviation toward the ipsilesional side in patients with spatial neglect is due to a very elementary disturbance of human spatial information processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-702
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • eye and head deviation
  • recovery
  • spatial neglect
  • stroke
  • visual search

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