Assessment of Visuocognitive Processes

  • Daniel X. Capruso
  • Kerry deS. Hamsher
  • Arthur L. Benton
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


The specialized role of the posterior right hemisphere in visual perception was first advanced by John Hughlings Jackson in 1864. Twelve years later, Jackson (1876/1958) described a patient whose course of illness confirmed his speculations about the lateralization of higher visual function. The clinical onset of illness in Jackson’s patient was marked by a sudden episode of spatial disorientation. Although the patient had resided in the same neighborhood for 30 years, she could not find her way to a nearby park that she had visited frequently. Jackson observed that his patient suffered from what he called “imperception”: the inability to recognize objects, persons, and places. Within months, the patient developed a left hemiplegia and rapidly deteriorated to coma and death. Autopsy revealed a large tumor in the posterior right hemipshere, with two smaller tumors in close proximity.


Facial Recognition Visual Field Defect Line Orientation Aphasic Patient Perceptual Deficit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel X. Capruso
    • 1
  • Kerry deS. Hamsher
    • 2
  • Arthur L. Benton
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Neurology and PsychologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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