Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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

Tactile Agnosia

  • Kerry DonnellyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_797


Haptic agnosia; Tactile asymbolia; Tactile object agnosia; Tactoagnosia


Tactile agnosia is the inability to recognize or identify an object by naming, matching to sample, or demonstrating its use by solely tactual manipulations, despite intact elementary tactile perceptions. Thus, by definition, the patient may be able to describe certain physical characteristics of the object by touch alone, such as size, shape, and texture, but not identify it. Tactile agnosia in its pure form (asymbolia) is considered rare and is somewhat controversial, but if present, is thought to be associated with lesions in the posterior parietal lobe in either hemisphere. The deficit may be unilateral or bilateral. If an object cannot be named when placed in the left hand, but recognition is possible through demonstration of use or matching to sample, then a callosal disconnection to the language areas of the left hemisphere needs to be considered. If a similar limitation is found in both...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VA WNY Healthcare SystemUniversity of Buffalo (SUNY) Behavioral Health Careline (116B)BuffaloUSA