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Oculographic Analysis of Word Reading in Hemispatial Neglect

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posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Marlene Behrmann, S. E. Black, T. J. McKeeff, J. J. S. Barton
Neglect dyslexia is a disorder in which individuals misread text appearing on the contralateral side of space following an acquired lesion, usually to the right parietal lobe. This disorder is generally attributed to an impairment in representing spatial information. To determine whether the spatial representations underlying reading differ from those mediating other forms of visual behavior, we investigated the cooccurrence of neglect dyslexia with that of neglect, which manifests on tasks such as line bisection or line cancellation. We also examined the correlation between neglect dyslexia, when present, and eye movements in order to characterize the neglect dyslexia disorder further. Whereas there is no clear relationship between the reading disorder and other symptoms of visuospatial neglect, suggesting segregated spatial representations, there is a direct correspondence between the oculomotor performance of patients with neglect dyslexia and their reading behavior. This latter result suggests that the reading deficit may well arise from the failure to register and perceive the contralesional information.