Psychological Research

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 263–270

Attention, competition, and the parietal lobes: insights from Balint’s syndrome

  • Georgina M. Jackson
  • Rachel Swainson
  • Dominic Mort
  • Masud Husain
  • Stephen R. Jackson
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00426-008-0210-2

Cite this article as:
Jackson, G.M., Swainson, R., Mort, D. et al. Psychological Research (2009) 73: 263. doi:10.1007/s00426-008-0210-2

Abstract

Simultanagnosia (resulting from occipito-parietal damage) is a profound visual deficit, which impairs the ability to perceive multiple items in a visual display, while preserving the ability to recognise single objects. Here we demonstrate in a patient presenting with Balint’s syndrome that this deficit may result from an extreme form of competition between objects which makes it difficult for attention to be disengaged from an object once it has been selected.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgina M. Jackson
    • 1
  • Rachel Swainson
    • 1
  • Dominic Mort
    • 2
  • Masud Husain
    • 3
  • Stephen R. Jackson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Division of Neuroscience and Psychological MedicineImperial College, University of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Institute of Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity College, University of LondonLondonUK