The Neural Basis of Anosognosia for Spatial Neglect After Stroke
ABSTRACT The present study investigated the lesion anatomy of anosognosia for visuospatial neglect resulting from right hemispheric stroke.
In 63 patients, self-ratings of performance in paper-and-pencil tests were contrasted with external performance ratings. Lesion analysis was conducted on patient subgroups with different degrees of anosognosia but comparable visuospatial impairment.
Independent of the severity of visuospatial neglect per se, damage to the right angular and superior temporal gyrus was associated with higher levels of anosognosia.
Using a novel assessment of anosognosia for spatial neglect, the present study relates stroke-induced self-awareness deficits to inferior parietal and superior temporal brain damage.
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ABSTRACT: It is debated how language and praxis are co-represented in the left hemisphere (LH). As voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping in LH stroke patients with aphasia and/or apraxia may contribute to this debate, we here investigated the relationship between language and praxis deficits at the behavioral and lesion levels in 50 sub-acute stroke patients. We hypothesized that language and (meaningful) action are linked via semantic processing in Broca's region. Behaviorally, half of the patients suffered from co-morbid aphasia and apraxia. While 24 % (n = 12) of all patients exhibited aphasia without apraxia, apraxia without aphasia was rare (n = 2, 4 %). Left inferior frontal, insular, inferior parietal, and superior temporal lesions were specifically associated with deficits in naming, reading, writing, or auditory comprehension. In contrast, lesions affecting the left inferior frontal gyrus, premotor cortex, and the central region as well as the inferior parietal lobe were associated with apraxic deficits (i.e., pantomime, imitation of meaningful and meaningless gestures). Thus, contrary to the predictions of the embodied cognition theory, lesions to sensorimotor and premotor areas were associated with the severity of praxis but not language deficits. Lesions of Brodmann area (BA) 44 led to combined apraxic and aphasic deficits. Data suggest that BA 44 acts as an interface between language and (meaningful) action thereby supporting parcellation schemes (based on connectivity and receptor mapping) which revealed a BA 44 sub-area involved in semantic processing.Brain Structure and Function 10/2014; DOI:10.1007/s00429-014-0925-3 · 4.57 Impact Factor
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