Antonio Signorini



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Instead of seeing vision as a cinema reel, these patients have trouble perceiving gross motion. Most of what is known about this extremely rare condition was learned through the case study of one patient, LM.

LM described pouring a cup of tea or coffee difficult "because the fluid appeared to be frozen, like a glacier". LM and other patients have also complained of having trouble following conversations, because lip movements and changing facial expressions were missed. LM and others have described crossing the street and driving cars to also be of great difficulty. A change in brain structure typically lesions disturbs the psychological process of understanding sensory information, in this case visual information.

Disturbance of only visual motion is possible due to the anatomical separation of visual motion processing from other functions. Like akinetopsia, perception of color can also be selectively disturbed as in achromatopsia. Other intact functions include visual space perception and visual identification of shapes, objects, and faces.

Akinetopsia may be an acquired deficit from lesions in the posterior side of the visual cortex. Lesions more often cause gross akinetopsia. The neurons of the middle temporal cortex respond to moving stimuli and hence the middle temporal cortex is the motion-processing area of the cerebral cortex. In the case of LM, the brain lesion was bilateral and symmetrical, and at the same time small enough not to affect other visual functions.

Akinetopsia through lesions is rare, because damage to the occipital lobe usually disturbs more than one visual function. Inconspicuous akinetopsia can be selectively and temporarily induced using transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS of area V5 of the visual cortex in healthy subjects.

Besides memory problems, Alzheimer's patients may have varying degrees of akinetopsia. While Pelak and Hoyt have recorded an Alzheimer's case study, there has not been much research done on the subject yet. Inconspicuous akinetopsia can be triggered by high doses of certain antidepressants [13] with vision returning to normal once the dosage is reduced. Two relevant visual areas for motion processing are V5 and V1.

These areas are separated by their function in vision. V5, also known as visual area MT middle temporal , is located laterally and ventrally in the temporal lobe, near the intersection of the ascending limb of the inferior temporal sulcus and the lateral occipital sulcus.

All of the neurons in V5 are motion selective, and most are directionally selective. V1, also known as the primary visual cortex , is located in Brodmann area V1 is known for its pre-processing capabilities of visual information; however, it is no longer considered the only perceptually effective gateway to the cortex.

Another thought on visual brain organization is the theory of streams for spatial vision, the ventral stream for perception and the dorsal stream for action. In , Potzl and Redlich reported a year-old female patient with bilateral damage to her posterior brain. Additionally, she also lost a significant amount of her visual field and had anomic aphasia. In , Goldstein and Gelb reported a year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound in the posterior brain.

He could state the new position of the object left, right, up, down , but saw "nothing in between". He lost his visual field beyond a degree eccentricity and could not identify visual objects by their proper names.

Most of what is known about akinetopsia was learned from LM, a year-old female admitted into the hospital October complaining of headache and vertigo. LM found no effective treatment, so she learned to avoid conditions with multiple visual motion stimuli, i. She developed very efficient coping strategies to do this and nevertheless lived her life. In addition, she estimated the distance of moving vehicles by means of sound detection in order to continue to cross the street.

LM had no evidence of a color discrimination deficit in either center or periphery of visual fields. Her recognition time for visual objects and words was slightly higher than the control, but not statistically significant. There was no restriction in her visual field and no scotoma. LM's impression of movement depended on the direction of the movement horizontal vs vertical , the velocity, and whether she fixated in the center of the motion path or tracked the object with her eyes.

Circular light targets were used as stimuli. To determine perception of motion in depth, studies were done in which the experimenter moved a black painted wooden cube on a tabletop either towards the patient or away in line of sight.

However she knew the object had changed in position, she knew the size of the cube, and she could correctly judge the distance of the cube in relation to other nearby objects. Detection of movement in the inner and outer visual fields was tested. Within her inner visual field, LM could detect some motion, with horizontal motion more easily distinguished than vertical motion.

In her peripheral visual field, the patient was never able to detect any direction of movement. LM's ability to judge velocities was also tested. Motion aftereffect of vertical stripes moving in a horizontal direction and a rotating spiral were tested. She was able to detect motion in both patterns, but reported motion aftereffect in only 3 of the 10 trials for the stripes, and no effect for the rotating spiral.

She also never reported any impression of motion in depth of the spiral. It lends its name to the surrounding area [1] Val di Noto. A city of Sicel origin, it was known as Netum in ancient times. According to legend, Daedalus stayed in the city after his flight over the Ionian Sea , as did Hercules after his seventh task.

During the Roman era, it opposed the magistrate Verres. In it was conquered by the Arabs , who elevated the city to become a capital of one of the three districts of the island the Val di Noto.

In , it became the last Islamic stronghold in Sicily to fall to the Christians. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the city was home to several notable intellectual figures, including Giovanni Aurispa , jurists Andrea Barbazio and Antonio Corsetto, as well as architect Matteo Carnelivari and composer Mario Capuana.

In the following centuries, the city expanded, growing beyond its medieval limits, and new buildings, churches and convents were built. These, however, were all totally destroyed by the Sicilian earthquake. The current town, rebuilt after the earthquake on the left bank of River Asinaro , was planned on a grid system by Giovanni Battista Landolina.

The new city occupied a position nearer to the Ionian Sea. Many of the newer structures are built of a soft tufa stone, which assume a honey tonality under sunlight. Parts of the cathedral suddenly collapsed in , a great loss to Sicilian Baroque architecture. The city, which had lost its provincial capital status in , rebelled against the House of Bourbon on 16 May , leaving its gates open to Giuseppe Garibaldi and his expedition.

Five months later, on 21 October, a plebiscite sealed the annexation of Noto to Piedmont. In , Noto was named a Diocese , but in suffered the abolition of the religious guilds, which had been deeply linked to the city's structures and buildings. Noto was freed from the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini in July The Notinesi people voted in favour of the monarchy in the referendum of Noto is famous for its fine buildings of the early 18th century, many of which are considered to be among the finest examples of Sicilian baroque style.

It is a place of many religious buildings and several palaces. The remains of Noto's ancient structures are almost entirely hidden beneath the ruins of the mediaeval town, except for three chambers cut into the rock.

One is noted by an inscription in the library at Noto to have belonged to a gymnasium, while the other two were heroa shrines of heroes. Explorations have discovered four cemeteries dating to the third Sicel period and one from the Greek period.