Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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


  • John E. MendozaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_700


Amorphognosis is that aspect of tactile agnosia which refers specifically to deficits in the ability to appreciate (identify) the external form of an object such as its shape, size, or other contour features by tactual manipulation alone. In the absence of more elementary somatosensory disturbances resulting from either peripheral nerve or the dorsal column system, such deficits suggest lesions in the contralateral postcentral gyrus of the parietal lobe or in its adjacent association cortices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and NeuroscienceTulane Medical School and SE Louisiana Veterans Healthcare SystemNew OrleansUSA