Apraxia: a review

Praxic functions are frequently altered following brain lesion, giving rise to apraxia - a complex pattern of impairments that is difficult to assess or interpret. In this chapter, we review the current taxonomies of apraxia and related cognitive and neuropsychological models. We also address the questions of the neuroanatomical correlates of apraxia, the relation between apraxia and aphasia and the analysis of apraxic errors. We provide a possible explanation for the difficulties encountered in investigating apraxia and also several approaches to overcome them, such as systematic investigation and modeling studies. Finally, we argue for a multidisciplinary approach. For example, apraxia should be studied in consideration with and could contribute to other fields such as normal motor control, neuroimaging and neurophysiology.

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