Monthly Archives: November 2006

Hands, tools, neglect and the parietal lobe

The title of this blog is Peripersonal Space. Peripersonal space is the space near the body, extending to the area reachable by the limbs. Understanding how the brain codes this space is not only totally cool as a basic science question but may be important knowledge to have for developing simple, noninvasive kinds of neurological rehabilitation after right hemisphere stroke (see the first paragraph of this excellent paper for references).

The brain has other well-organized representations of space; somatosensory space is topographically mapped in cortex, and I’m sure we’ve all marvelled at the exquisite nature of the sensory homunculus at one time or another… Continue reading