Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Douglas I. Katz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_439


This phenomenon refers to a motor response in the wrong limb, contralateral to the requested side, sometimes opposite to the direction requested.

Current Knowledge

Allokinesia is often associated with neglect syndromes, usually involving damage to the right hemisphere. It is the motor counterpart of alloesthesia. Typically, a patient moves the right limb in response to a request to move the left limb or moves towards the right, away from the neglected side, when asked to move toward the neglected side. In animal models, the phenomena has been associated with frontal, arcuate gyrus lesions (Heilman, Valenstein, Day, & Watson, 1995) and disconnections of frontal and posterior parietal cortices (Burcham, Corwin, Stoll, & Reep, 1997).

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References and Readings

  1. Burcham, K. J., Corwin, J. V., Stoll, M. L., & Reep, R. L. (1997). Disconnection of medial agranular and posterior parietal cortex produces multimodal neglect in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 86(1), 41–47.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Heilman, K. M., Valenstein, E., Day, A., & Watson, R. (1995). Frontal lobe neglect in monkeys. Neurology, 45(6), 1205–1210.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas I. Katz
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  1. 1.Boston University School of Medicine Braintree Rehabilitation HospitalBostonUSA