Lateral bumping: A normal-subject analog to the behaviour of patients with hemispatial neglect?

George H Turnbull, Peter McGeorge

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Lateral errors on line bisection tasks, by both normal subjects and patients with neglect, may reflect lateral asymmetries in attention. Patients with neglect also show a tendency to bump into objects on their 'neglected' side. We asked a large group of students (N = 383) to complete a line bisection task and to report if, and on which side, they had recently bumped themselves. More subjects reported bumping their right side. Line bisection performance showed a significant effect of side bumped, such that (as predicted) right bumpers tended to deviate further left of centre on line bisection. These data offer an analogue of the behaviour of patients with hemi-spatial neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998



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