Can auditory cues improve visuo-spatial neglect? Results of two pilot studies

N. Schenke, R. Franke, S. Puschmann, N. Turgut, A. Kastrup, C. M. Thiel, H. Hildebrandt

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Although neglect is known to be a multimodal deficit, current interventions often address the visual modality only. Experimental studies, however, found that neglect patients can partially overcome their spatial inattention temporarily when being exposed to auditory cues that move towards the neglected side of space. Two pilot studies investigated the impact of dynamic auditory cueing on egocentric neglect severity in a clinical-therapeutic setting. In both studies, the patient groups received 15 sessions of intervention. Study 1, designed as double-blinded trial with a historical control group, targeted severely impaired early-acute patients who listened to music or audio books which were presented as moving dynamically from right to left. Results showed a reduction in egocentric neglect severity that persisted after therapy termination in the intervention but not in the historical control group. In study 2, based on the comparison with reported effect sizes of previous studies, dynamic meaningful auditory cues and optokinetic stimulation were combined in a computer-based training. Both studies found a significant reduction of neglect severity. Results provide evidence for the reduction of egocentric neglect severity after repetitive auditory cueing therapy in both severely and moderately impaired patients. Our promising findings should be verified thoroughly in randomized-controlled trials.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)710-730
Número de páginas21
PublicaciónNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
EstadoPublicada - 2021


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