The insular cortex plays a key role in vestibular and spatial syndromes following a stroke

Takeaway

  • The insular cortex is involved in the self-perception and orientation within a three-dimensional space in acute right-hemispheric stroke.

Why this matters

    Unilateral right-hemisphere brain damage can lead to various neuropsychological syndromes, but the mechanisms underlying this association are unclear. These important findings further our understanding of the pathways involved and could ultimately lead to better management or even prevention of these syndromes in stroke sufferers.