A novel clinical and experimental situation has been created, based on the psychopathological concepts of ‘pensée opératoire’ and alexithymia and the contribution of recent trends in cognitive science as to the dual skills of the brain hemispheres: the Parallel Visual Information Processing Test. This test was validated in more than 100 subjects, and revealed that holistic visual attention is reduced during logical task performance; this impairment appeared to be typical of patients with poor fantasizing ability and operative behavior. Such findings are consistent with some authors’ theory according to which there is a functional commissurotomy in alexithymic and psychosomatic patients.

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