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Asomatognosia, is characterized by a loss of knowledge or recognition of half of the body or a limb, possibly due to paralysis or unilateral neglect.[1] Asomatognosic patients may, for example, mistake their arm for the doctor’s arm, however, can be shown their limb and this error is temporarily corrected.[2] [3].

The condition may take a number of forms[4]:

These disorders reflect parietal lobe dysfunction.

See alsoEdit


  1. Vallar, G. & Ronchi, R. (2009). Somatoparaphrenia: a body delusion. A review of the neuropsychological literature. Experimental Brain Research, 192:3, 533-551
  2. Feinberg, T., Venneri, A., Simone, A.M., et al. (2010). The neuroanatomy of asomatognosia and somatoparaphrenia. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 81, 276-281
  3. Bottini, Gabriella; Bisiach, Edoardo; Sterzi, Roberto; Vallar, Giuseppe (2002): “Feeling touches in someone else's hand.” Neuroreport 13 (2), 249–252.
  4. Beaumont J.G., Kenealy, P.M. & Rogers, M.J.C. (1999). The Blackwell Dictionary of Neuropsychology. Oxford:Blackwell

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