Visuospatial orientation in parkinson's disease

Sarah A. Raskin, Joan C. Borod, Jeanette Wasserstein, Ivan Bodis-Wollner, Lisa Coscia, Melvin D. Yahr

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Visuospatial functioning in patients with Parkinson's disease was investigated using neuropsychological measures of basic visual perception, complex perceptual discrimination, and spatial orientation. Three subgroups of patients were described: (a) those with broadly impaired visuospatial abilities, (b) those with generally intact abilities, and (c) those whose performance on a task of spatial orientation was lower than their performance on a task of complex perceptual discrimination. These subgroup differences were also concordant with three other variables: age, duration of disease, and degree of dementia. It is suggested that decreases in spatial orientation functioning in Parkinson's disease may reflect the speed of progression of this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1990


  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spatial orientation
  • Visual perception


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