Impairments of Attention in Brain-Damaged Patients

  • A. H. van Zomeren
  • L. Fasotti


People who have sustained cerebral damage often complain of increased mental fatiguability, poor concentration, and an inability to divide their attention over two simultaneous tasks. These impairments seem related to a central concept of attention. However, it is difficult to describe the clinical phenomena in unequivocal terms. Attention is definitely not a clearcut function, as the word refers to several aspects of perceptual processes and motor responses. Moreover, the term also covers basic biological aspects of the central nervous system, such as its level of activation. This chapter is concerned with attention on task level, and hence with a psychological approach. In the next section, impairments in five aspects of attention will be discussed. The last section deals with attempts to ameliorate attentional impairments by cognitive rehabilitation.


Head Injury Divided Attention Choice Reaction Time Severe Head Injury Closed Head Injury 
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