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Utilization behavior

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Utilization behavior is a frontal lobe disorder in which the patient has difficulty resisting their impulse to "utilize" objects which are in their visual field and within reach. Unlike other impulse-control disorders, patients with this disorder confabulate reasons for their actions.




  • Blakemore, Wolpert, and Frith 2002 "Abnormalities in Action Awareness", TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences Vol.6 No.6 June 2002
  • Lhermitte, F. (1983) 'Utilisation behaviour' and its relation to lesions of the frontal lobes. Brain 106, 237–255
  • Lhermitte, F. (1986) Human autonomy and the frontal lobes. Part II: Patient behavior in complex and social situations: the 'environmental dependency syndrome'. Ann. Neurol. 19, 335–343
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