Constructional apraxia refers to the inability of patients to copy accurately drawings or three-dimensional constructions. It is a common disorder after right. Abstract. Constructional apraxia refers to the inability of patients to copy accurately drawings or three-dimensional constructions. It is a common. Constructional apraxia. Article (PDF Available) · January with Reads. Export this citation. Sharon Cermak at University of Southern California.

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These studies are consistent with the findings of Vuilleumier et al. That is, more than one neuropsychological test is used in determining the neuropsychological syndrome effecting a certain patient.

The experimental situation was identical to the first study with the patient seated approximately 50 cm from the screen and two experimenters present; one recording responses and monitoring eye movements and the other setting up each block. As a contructional, and to enable full understanding of the deficit from which the constructional apraxia group suffer, analysis was then carried out separately for saccade tasks and non-saccade tasks. The only neuropsychological deficits of note were an inability to maintain set on the Wisconsin Card Sort Test [ 58 ].

Related studies in neurologically healthy populations using functional MRI have confirmed the parietal cortex as being critically involved in tasks involving spatial updating across saccades e.

At the relatively younger ages of stroke participants recruited into this study, testable stroke participants are often male. House drawing by a non-constructionally apraxic participant 2B left. In fact using a short training program consisting of directed readings on visual indicators of brain damage in drawings trainees were reliably able to determine impaired versus normal apraxla drawings significantly above chance — see next section for a forthcoming discussion of reliability.

In Bthe observer shifts gaze towards the letter at the right periphery of the screen. However, damage to the left hemisphere produces qualitatively different drawing performance with an oversimplification of figures and a perseveration on items suggestive of planning deficits Gainotti and Tiacci, ; Trojano and Construcfional, for a recent review of constructional deficits.

This distinction is supported by neurophysiological studies by Colby et al. Thus, an additional study was carried out to determine performance for single intervening saccades to the left or right with some of the patients tested in Experiment 1.


Participants were recruited into the study over a two-year period at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, Canada. For participant 5A, there was evidence of a tendency to orient drawings constructionap on the page which has been shown to be associated with right hemisphere lesions and CA See Table 1 on pg.

Severe deficits in constructional skills such as drawing, apraxiz and building 3D structures are a common yet poorly understood outcome of hemispheric stroke e. Thus, patients with constructional apraxia were less accurate in position judgements whilst non-constructional apraxia patients were actually more accurate in that task.

Tree drawing by non-constructionally apraxic participant 6B right. Participant 7A suffered a left temporoparietal stroke with an apparent constructionally apraxic drawn person — see Figure 8.

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Despite the retinal position of the visual input changing every time we move our eyes, we perceive the world as stable.

Additionally, the second Threshold Rating System has a content or visual stimulus degree of nonspecificity to all three drawing tasks in comparison to the first Unanimous Rating System. A few studies explored constructional impairments in individuals with Fronto-temporal dementia FTD. These findings would suggest that in VAD and FTD patients the drawing defects would be prevalently ascribed to frontal control processes requiring planning, organization, and attention skills in addition to problem-solving strategies.

At such short durations neuropsychological impairment may be due to non-specific and indirect effects of the lesion e. As research began to accumulate on the use of the house-tree-person for diagnosing and understanding personality, it became increasingly mainstream as part of a complete diagnostic evaluation in clinical psychology.

Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans [ 31 ]. Constructional apraxia is a neuropsychological and neurological impairment in activities such as building, assembling, and drawing.

These were compared to seven patients without constructional apraxia, also suffering from lesions in their right hemisphere non-constructional apraxia.

This ANOVA indicates that both patient groups suffer from an impaired performance in the two tasks when they must move their eyes.

Constructional apraxia

The black letter-number combinations indicate that lesions did not result in constructional apraxia. Taken together, these results would suggest that both ocnstructional AD and PDD patients, the cognitive defects underlying constructional impairment could involve the visuospatial cognitive domain and in particular the spatial-constructional processing, likely exploration and judgment of spatial relationship.


Comprehension shares the property of vonstructional dependence upon semantic memory retrieval and access to the memory of words which is dependent upon the integrity of the left middle temporal gyrus and left inferior frontal sulcus [ ]. Both free response writing output and spontaneous speech use the same visual picture as the stimulus on the WAB-R.

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Data are split according to task position versus pattern and direction of first saccade left versus right. Anterograde memory was assessed by means of the immediate and delayed recall of Word construcfional test [ 30 ] for the verbal domain score range: Pantomime production was especially poor on three of five ceiling-level difficulty items. Neuropsychological evidence of parietal involvement is supported by functional imaging studies of healthy individuals, which have highlighted parietal involvement in drawing from copying e.

These subvocal articulatory loops presumably are instantiated by frontal-ponto-cerebellar decussated tracts and constryctional involved in verbal working memory processes [ 90 ]. Case Series Design The performance of subjects on the neuropsychological tests was determined by aprxaia age-matched standardized scores between the drawing-normal and drawing-impaired participants.

Indeed there is a large literature suggesting that person representations have a dedicated neural architectural representation in the brain which is different from other types of living and non-living objects or entities [ 94 ].

According to neuroradiological convention left is right and right is left. To explore task performance in control participants, similar analyses were first conducted with the non-constructional apraxia patient group.

Younger female stroke participants tend to have poorer prognosis due a selection effect of stroke severity and etiology [ 34 ]. Constructional Apraxia Rating System. Overall sensitivity to change in Experiment 1. Cognitive neuroscience of drawing: This task required patients to reproduce seven black-and-white geometrical figures e. Dissecting out migraine complexity through comprehensive analysis of allodynia. Participant 6A used many circumlocutions to describe the objects e.