Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Visual Neglect

  • Mark MennemeierEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1414

Synonyms

Amorphosynthesis; Hemiagnosia; Hemi-inattention; Left (or right) neglect; Neglect; Spatial neglect; Unilateral neglect; Visuospatial agnosia; Visuospatial neglect

Definition

Visual neglect refers to the failure of a patient to report, respond, or orient to external visual stimulation or mental images of objects and scenes that are positioned contralateral to the brain lesion, which caused neglect (i.e., contralesional) (Heilman et al. 1985). Further, the failure is not due to a primary sensory or motor deficit such as hemianopia or paralysis. This entry describes neglect because of its effects on visual processing, with an emphasis on its assessment, types, spatial dimensions, causes, and treatment. It is important to note that what can be said about visual neglect can also be said about neglect in other sensory modalities. The reader can consult “the neglect syndrome” in this volume for a more comprehensive discussion. Several textbooks on neglect are available for further...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurobiology and Developmental SciencesUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA