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Selective impairment of self body-parts processing in right brain-damaged patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19482271     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To investigate whether the processing of the visual appearance of one's own body, that is the corporeal self is a unified or modular function we submitted eight right brain-damaged (RBD) patients and a group of fourteen age-matched neurologically healthy subjects, to a visual matching-to-sample task testing for corporeal self processing. If corporeal self processing is a unique function (i.e., body- and face-parts are processed by the same network), patients impaired in self body-parts (i.e., showing no self-advantage) should be impaired also in self face-parts; alternatively, if corporeal self processing is a modular function (i.e., body- and face-parts are processed by different networks), patients impaired in self body-parts should be unimpaired in self face-parts, unless the face-module is also damaged by the lesion. Results showed that healthy participants were more accurate in processing pictures representing their own as compared to other people's body- and face-parts, showing the so-called self-advantage. The patients' findings revealed a simple dissociation, in that patients who were impaired in the processing of self-related body-parts showed a preserved self-advantage when processing self-related face-parts, thus providing initial evidence of a modular representation of the corporeal self.
Francesca Frassinetti; Manuela Maini; Mariagrazia Benassi; Stefano Avanzi; Anna Cantagallo; Alessandro Farn?
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-04-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1973-8102     ISO Abbreviation:  Cortex     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-15     Completed Date:  2010-04-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0100725     Medline TA:  Cortex     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  322-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier Srl. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, viale Berti Pichat 5, Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Body Image*
Brain Injuries / complications*
Functional Laterality*
Middle Aged
Perceptual Disorders / etiology*
Self Concept*
Task Performance and Analysis
Visual Perception*

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