A single case study of a patient with visual associative agnosia is described. The patient had well preserved language, spatial, visual, and perceptual abilities but nevertheless was impaired in recognising visually presented common objects. It is argued that his deficit cannot be accounted for in terms of a disconnection syndrome. Behavioural and anatomical (MRI scan) evidence for focal unilateral dysfunction is presented. It is concluded that the left hemisphere plays a crucial role in recognising the meaning of common objects.
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