alien hand syndrome

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alien hand syndrome

A disorder in which a person’s hand or limb acts as if it has autonomous, voluntary activity independent of the individual. For example, the hand which is under the person’s normal voluntary control might put a cigarette in the mouth, and the alien hand might knock it out.

The reason for alien hand syndrome is unknown; it is thought that the primary motor cortex controlling hand movement is isolated from influences of the premotor cortex, but is still able to execute hand movements. Neuroimaging of patients with alien hand syndrome typically reveals lesions in the medial frontal lobe and corpus callosum. There is no cure or treatment.
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DR STRANGELOVE SYNDROME This ailment was given its name in tribute to the title character from Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black comedy.
Dr Strangelove Syndrome This affliction is a tribute to the title character from Stanley Kubrick's epic 1964 black comedy.
It is also known as the Dr Strangelove Syndrome, after the 1963 movie in which Peter Sellers had to fight vigorously with his right arm to stop it making Nazi salutes.