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Constructional ability

Doreen Kimura

in Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780195054927
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195054927.003.0007

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Constructional ability

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This chapter examines constructional apraxia, also known as visuoconstructive disability, which refers to an impairment in forming designs, objects, or materials with the hands, under visual guidance. Visuoconstructional disorders may occur with equal frequency after either left- or right-hemisphere pathology. They are closely associated with manual apraxic difficulties after left-sided damage, and with visual perceptual problems after right-sided damage. Constructionally apraxic patients with left-sided pathology show the same repertoire of motor responses in handling manipulanda as do unimpaired patients, but they display more of such movements in completing an act.

Keywords: constructional apraxia; visuoconstructional disability; movements; left-hemisphere pathology; right-hemisphere pathology

Chapter.  4011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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