Paolo Bartolomeo
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  • Location : Paris, France
Last update 2011-03-30 18:28:11.6

Paolo Bartolomeo MD, PhD Neuroscience

Course and current status

From 1995         Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital, Saint-Maurice, France

1995-2002         Consultant Neurologist, Henri-Mondor Hospital, Créteil

1998-2006          Senior research scientist (CR1), INSERM

From 2003         - In charge of the team “Neuropsychology of focal brain lesions” , Inserm-UPMC UMRS 610 (in 2007, 1 Post-doc, 4 PhD students, 1 graduate student, 3 undergraduate students)

- Consultant Neurologist, Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris

From 2006         Research Director (DR2), INSERM

2006- 2007         Invited professor, Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Spain

From 2007         Invited professor, Faculty of Psychology, Catholic University, Milan, Italy

Scientific summary

To select information relevant to our goals, we orient our attention towards the objects present in our environment. Brain damage may impair these mechanisms, thus provoking a unilateral spatial neglect. About half of the patients with a lesion in the right hemisphere suffer from neglect for the left side of space. They are unaware of the left half of their environment, and have a poor functional outcome. My research has tested several proposed explanations of neglect, and shown that neither the loss of the left half of a cognitive representation of space, nor the rightward shift of an egocentric frame of reference, nor an impairment in producing arm movements toward the left can explain neglect. Instead, an association of attentional deficits seems typical of unilateral neglect. These deficits operate in a specific temporal sequence; an early attraction of attention toward the right is followed by an impairment in redirecting attention toward the left. My current research is trying to establish the precise nature of these attentional deficits, as well as their neural bases.

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