Apraxia After a Superior Parietal Lesion

Kenneth M. Heilman, Leslie Gonzalez Rothi, Linda Mack, Todd Feinberg, Robert T. Watson

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We studied a patient who had unilateral (left) limb apraxia associated with a lesion of her right superior (Brodmann areas 5 and 7) and inferior parietal lobes. In monkeys areas 5 and 7 contain “hand-manipulation neurons” that are thought to be important in proprioceptive guidance. Therefore, we tested our patient with her eyes open and closed. Her left hand performance with pantonime, imitation, and use of actual Objects dramatically deteriorated in the absence of visual guidance. In addition, although the patient did not have optic ataxia and had normal proprioception, she had difficulty using her left forelimb in tasks that require transcoding from a visual to a somatesthetic spatial coordinate system. We propose that each superior parietal lobe is not only responsible for transcoding from a visual-spatial code into a somatesthetic-spatial code but is also critical for transcoding spatial-temporal representations of skilled movement into a somatesthetic-spatial code.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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