Influence of attentional load on spatial attention in acquired and developmental disorders of attention

Mark Andrew Bellgrove, Ranmalee Eramudugolla, Daniel Patrick Newman, Alasdair Lachlan Angus Vance, Jason B Mattingley

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Converging evidence suggests that right-hemisphere dominant spatial attention systems can be modulated by non-spatial processes such as attentional capacity. The severity of neglect in right-hemisphere stroke patients for example, is correlated with impairments in non-lateralized attention. Evidence also suggests the coexistence of lateralized inattention and reduced capacity in developmental disorders of attention, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is marked by cognitive impairments suggestive of right hemisphere dysfunction. These lines of evidence argue against a coincident damage hypothesis and suggest instead a direct modulation of spatial attention by non-spatial processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085 - 1093
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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