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It has been claimed that patients with cerebellar pathology are impaired at associative learning. Patients with cerebellar ataxia (n = 7) were taught a visual-motor associative task. The task was chosen so as to allow comparisons with data currently being collected on the effects of cerebellar lesions on associative learning in monkeys. As a group the patients were as impaired at learning the task as a group of 8 patients with Huntington's disease. When each patient was individually matched with a control of the same age and IQ, some patients with cerebellar ataxia were found to be clearly impaired, but 2 were not. Of the 4 patients who were most clearly impaired, 2 had brainstem pathology and 2 did not. The relevance of these findings is discussed in relation to views concerning the functions of the cerebellum.


Journal article


Behav Neurosci

Publication Date





1229 - 1234


Adult, Aged, Association Learning, Cerebellar Ataxia, Cerebellum, Female, Form Perception, Humans, Huntington Disease, Intelligence, Male, Middle Aged, Parkinson Disease, Psychomotor Performance, Reaction Time