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Attention Disorders After Right Brain Damage

Living in Halved Worlds

  • Blend of clinical and scientific information

  • Anatomical figures help the reader make structure-function correlations in brain-damaged patients

  • Discussion of the most widely-used paper-and-pencil and computerized tests for attentional disorders

  • Abundant illustrations enhance the reader’s understanding of the scientific content and individual case studies

  • Examples of patients’ graphical productions from paper-and-pencil tests showing the reader how to identify spatial neglect signs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 1-19
  3. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 21-33
  4. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 49-83
  5. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 85-104
  6. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 105-133
  7. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 135-149
  8. Paolo Bartolomeo
    Pages 159-172
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-184

About this book


This book provides an overview of attentional impairments in brain-damaged patients from both clinical and neuroscientific perspectives, and aims to offer a comprehensive, succinct treatment of these topics useful to both clinicians and scholars. A main focus of the book concerns left visual neglect, a dramatic but often overlooked consequence of right hemisphere damage, usually of vascular origin, but also resulting from other causes such as neurodegenerative conditions. The study of neglect offers a key to understand the brain’s functioning at the level of large-scale networks, and not only based on discrete anatomical structures. Patients are often unaware of their deficits (anosognosia), and often obstinately deny being hemiplegic. Diagnosis is important because neglect predicts poor functional outcome in stroke. Moreover, effective rehabilitation strategies are available, and there are promising possibilities for pharmacological treatments. 

Attention Disorders After Right Brain Damage is aimed at clinical neurologists, medics in physical medicine and rehabilitation, clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists. It will also be useful for graduate students and medical students who wish to understand the topic of attention systems and improve their knowledge of the neurocognitive mechanisms of attentional deficits. In addition, clinical researchers in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience will find in this book an up to date overview of current research dealing with the attention systems of the human brain.


Anosognosia attention disorder brain lesions clinical neuropsychology cognitive deficit cognitive neurology cognitive neuroscience visual neglect rehabilitation psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INSERM, Brain and Spine Institute, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France, Department of Psychology, Catholic UniversityMilanItaly

About the authors

Dr. Paolo Bartolomeo, MD, PhD trained as a clinical neurologist and as a neuroscientist. He is head scientist of the research team investigating the Cognitive Neurosciences of Attention at the Brain and Spine Institute in the Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France, and full professor of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Catholic University, Milan, Italy. By using advanced behavioural, neuroimaging and neurostimulation methods, Dr. Bartolomeo has developed high impact work revealing the structural and functional neuroanatomy of attentional functions in normal individuals and in brain-damaged patients.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Attention Disorders After Right Brain Damage
  • Book Subtitle Living in Halved Worlds
  • Authors Paolo Bartolomeo
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4471-5648-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-7011-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-5649-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 43 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
    Clinical Psychology
    Rehabilitation Medicine
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