spatial neglect

Anton Räderscheidt was a German painter who suffered a stroke in 1967. His stroke affected is right parietal lobe, an area that is important for spatial awareness in relation to one’s body. He was left with a condition known as spatial neglect, in which he wasn’t able to pay any attention to anything in his left visual field. Here is a series of self portraits he painted during recovery. It is interesting to watch as more details get filled in to the left portion of the canvas as he recovers.

BrainBright! Spotlight Spatial Intelligence (podcast)

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We walk, eat, dream, sleep in space yet rarely do we stop to notice the spatial features of our experience, unless of course you’re one of the numbers of people who exercise spatial navigation (think dancers, Navy Seals and kids using their “spidey” senses) or among the population diagnosed with “spatial neglect.”

Of all the “senses” spatial perception and spatial memory may be one of our most curious human features for as the Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel reminds us, spatial learning and memory is actually not a “sense” but rather the cognitive result of multi-sensory processing that results in a “mosaic map” of spatial awareness!

In this episode of BrainBright!, we interview Dr. Charles Butter, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Michigan, an expert on the peculiar consistences of spatial perception and spatial neglect especially found in artists who were stroke victims.  Our interview touches upon Dr. Butter’s new publication CROSSING CULTURAL BORDERS, Universals in Art and Their Biological Roots.

Click here to listen to Dr. Butter on the neuroscience of spatial neglect!