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Neuropsychologia. 1989;27(5):729-35.

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

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  • 1Veterans Administration Medical Center, Martinez, California 94553.


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.

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