Abstract

The Hooper Visual Organization Test (HVOT) is a measure of visuospatial processing commonly employed in neuropsychological assessment. Despite the well-documented relationship between visuospatial abilities and right hemisphere function, the literature has not supported a right hemisphere association with HVOT performance. The current study was conducted to examine laterality differences in HVOT performance. Sixty-seven geriatric stroke patients (44 right CVAs, 23 left CVAs) were administered the HVOT and the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMS). Results revealed significant differences between CVA groups for total score, with right CVA patients performing more poorly. Qualitative error analyses revealed highest frequencies for part responses and don't know/no response errors. Between-group differences were seen for part and unformed/unassociated errors (higher right CVA rates), and language-based errors (higher left CVA rates). Findings are consistent with theories of brain lateralization and suggest that whereas HVOT performance predominantly involves right hemisphere functions, left hemisphere dysfunction may also lead to impaired performance, and the two can be discriminated by qualitative analysis of errors.