The Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 23–33 | Cite as

Copying procedures in focal brain-damaged patients

  • Trojano L. 
  • Cicco G. De 
  • Grossi D. 
Original Articles


We aimed to ascertain whether non-apraxic, focal brain-damaged patients used abnormal constructional procedures. We tested a series of consecutive patients, classified according to lesion locus and side against a matched sample of normal volunteers. Subjects had to copy the Rey-Osterreith Figure, a complex and structured item that explores copying strategies. We used special testing and scoring methods to analyze different steps of the copy. Unlike the controls, the patients did not choose the central elements of the figure as guiding structures. All patient groups followed an equivalent “pathological”, “piecemeal” procedure.

Key Words

Constructive abilities brain lesion neuropsychology 


Ci siamo posti lo scopo di verificare se pazienti cerebrolesi focali non aprassici mostrassero procedure anomale di copia.

Abbiamo studiato una serie consecutiva di pazienti, classificati secondo il lato e lasede della lesione, ed un parallelo gruppo di volontari normali. I soggetti dovevano copiare la Figura di Rey-Osterreith, un materiale complesso che permetteva di esplorare le strategie di copia. Abbiamo adottato procedure di somministrazione e di valutazione per analizzare le diverse tappe della copia.

A differenza dei controlli, i pazienti non sceglievano la struttura centrale come elemento guida della copia. Tutti i gruppi di pazienti seguivano una analoga procedura “patologica”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trojano L. 
    • 1
  • Cicco G. De 
    • 1
  • Grossi D. 
    • 2
  1. 1.Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro, Centro di Campoli M.T.(BN)IRCCSCampoli (BN)Italy
  2. 2.II Clinica Neurologica, Seconda Facoltà di MedicinaUniversità di NäpoliCampoli (BN)Italy

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