A new kind of spatial inattention associated with chronic limb pain?

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Reid, Emily
Wallwork, Sarah B
Harvie, Daniel
Chalmers, K Jane
Gallace, Alberto
Spence, Charles
Moseley, G Lorimer
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Pathological limb pain patients show decreased attention to some stimuli on the painful limb and increased attention to others, a paradox that has dogged the field for over a decade. We hypothesized that pathological pain involves a spatial inattention confined to bodily representations. Patients showed inattention to the painful side for visual processing of body parts but not letters, tactile processing but not auditory, and body-part bisection tasks but not line bisection tasks. We propose the new term "somatospatial inattention" to describe bodily-specific spatial inattention associated with pathological limb pain.

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© 2016 American Neurological Association. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: A new kind of spatial inattention associated with chronic limb pain?, Annals of Neurology, 2016, 79 (4), pp. 701-704, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.24616. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
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Reid, E; Wallwork, SB; Harvie, D; Chalmers, KJ; Gallace, A; Spence, C; Moseley, GL, A new kind of spatial inattention associated with chronic limb pain?, Annals of Neurology, 2016, 79 (4), pp. 701-704
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