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The authors show that prismatic adaptation can reduce tactile inattention in stroke patients with unilateral neglect. Four patients with visuospatial neglect and tactile extinction underwent 10-minute application of 20 degrees right-shifting prismatic lenses during pointing. This improved contralesional tactile perception in all patients, even for a task requiring no exploration or spatial motor responses. This finding suggests a potential role for prismatic adaptation in the rehabilitation of multiple sensory modalities in patients with neglect.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neurology

Publication Date

10/06/2003

Volume

60

Pages

1829 - 1831

Keywords

Adaptation, Physiological, Aged, Humans, Lenses, Middle Aged, Perceptual Disorders, Stroke, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Touch, Treatment Outcome