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Farnè A, Roy AC, Paulignan Y, Rode G, Rossetti YRC, Boisson D, Jeannerod M (2003) Visuo-motor control of the ipsilateral hand: Evidence from right brain-damaged patients. Neuropsychologia, 41(6):739-757    
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We investigated the extent to which the right hemisphere is involved in the control of the ipsilateral hand by analysing the kinematics of right-hand prehension in right brain-damaged (RBD) patients. We required patients to grasp one of five possible objects, equally-sized and distributed over a 40? wide workspace.With the purpose of investigating the right hemisphere contribution to the on-line visuo-motor control, we also assessed patients� ability to correct their movement �in-flight�, in response to a sudden change of object position. Patients� performance was compared to that of aged-matched controls. A Younger group of healthy subjects, matching the population classically tested on double-step paradigms,was also evaluated to fully assess whether patients� kinematics could be partially due to normal ageing. As a further aim, the possible influence of hemispatial neglectwas evaluated by comparing the performances of right brain-damaged patients with and without neglect. In normal subjects, the results confirmed and extended the notion of (a) positional tuning of grip formation, and (b) fast reactions following a change in object position. In addition, subtle effects of ageing on visuo-motor behaviour were shown by less efficient movement correction in the Elderly group. Patients executing reach-to-grasp actions into the left contralesional hemispace were selectively affected in both temporal and spatial aspects of movements. While their performances were relatively well preserved in the right hemispace, patients did not show positional tuning of grip formation, nor fast corrections of their movements when acting in the left hemispace. Interestingly, similar deficits were found irrespective of the presence of neglect. These results show that the right hemisphere contributes to the processing of visuo-motor information that is necessary for executing actions with the ipsilateral hand in the contralateral space