The Apraxias, Purposeful Motor Behavior, and Left-Hemisphere Function

  • Robert B. FreemanJr.


The relationship between cognition and motor processes has been investigated perhaps no more extensively than in connection with the effects of natural and artificial lesions in the human brain. Together with studies of aphasia and agnosia, the analysis of the various clinical forms of apraxia and their cognitive and motor correlates has interested clinical neurologists at least since the beginning of this century (Liepmann, 1900). Although the neurologist and, more recently, the clinical neuropsychologist have been largely concerned with questions of diagnostic procedures and clinical classification of the apraxias, the theoretical problems associated with the identification of the anatomical substrates of the praxias and their cognitive concomitants offer the attractive possibility of arriving at a taxonomy of complex motor behavior via an analysis of the integrative mechanisms of the cortical and subcortical neural systems of the motor brain.


Corpus Callosum Left Hemisphere Motor Behavior Hemisphere Function Ideomotor Apraxia 
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