Patients suffering from Unilateral Spatial Neglect (USN) fail to pay attention to, respond to, and report sensory events occurring in the contralesional side of space. The traditional neuropsychological assessment of USN is based on paper-and-pencil tests, whose data recording and scoring may be subjected to human error. The utilization of technological devices can be expected to improve the assessment of USN. Therefore, we built Neurit.Space, a modified digital version of three paper-and-pencil tests, widely used to detect signs of USN, namely: Bells Cancellation, Line Bisection and Five Elements Drawing Test. Administration and data processing is fully automatic. Twelve right brain-damaged patients (six with and six without USN) and 12 age- and education-balanced healthy participants were enrolled in the study. All participants were administered both the computerized and the paper-and-pencil versions of the tests. The results of this preliminary study showed good sensitivity, specificity, and usability of Neurit.Space, suggesting that these digital tests are a promising tool for the evaluation of USN, both in clinical and in research settings.

Massetti, G., Albini, F., Casati, C., Toneatto, C., Terruzzi, S., Etzi, R., et al. (2023). Validation of “Neurit.Space”: Three Digital Tests for the Neuropsychological Evaluation of Unilateral Spatial Neglect. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 12(8) [10.3390/jcm12083042].

Validation of “Neurit.Space”: Three Digital Tests for the Neuropsychological Evaluation of Unilateral Spatial Neglect

Albini F.;Casati C.;Toneatto C.;Gallace A.;Vallar G.
2023

Abstract

Patients suffering from Unilateral Spatial Neglect (USN) fail to pay attention to, respond to, and report sensory events occurring in the contralesional side of space. The traditional neuropsychological assessment of USN is based on paper-and-pencil tests, whose data recording and scoring may be subjected to human error. The utilization of technological devices can be expected to improve the assessment of USN. Therefore, we built Neurit.Space, a modified digital version of three paper-and-pencil tests, widely used to detect signs of USN, namely: Bells Cancellation, Line Bisection and Five Elements Drawing Test. Administration and data processing is fully automatic. Twelve right brain-damaged patients (six with and six without USN) and 12 age- and education-balanced healthy participants were enrolled in the study. All participants were administered both the computerized and the paper-and-pencil versions of the tests. The results of this preliminary study showed good sensitivity, specificity, and usability of Neurit.Space, suggesting that these digital tests are a promising tool for the evaluation of USN, both in clinical and in research settings.
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computerized assessment; digital assessment; Neurit.Space; neuropsychological assessment; unilateral spatial neglect;
English
21-apr-2023
2023
12
8
3042
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Massetti, G., Albini, F., Casati, C., Toneatto, C., Terruzzi, S., Etzi, R., et al. (2023). Validation of “Neurit.Space”: Three Digital Tests for the Neuropsychological Evaluation of Unilateral Spatial Neglect. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 12(8) [10.3390/jcm12083042].
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