alien hand

A clinical finding in which there is awkward asymmetrical involuntary movement of the hand or limb, which is interpreted by internal sensors as ‘alien’; the patient’s limb moves as if of its own volition

alien hand

Alien limb phenomenon Neurology A clinical finding in which there is awkward asymmetic involuntary movement of the hand or limb, which is interpreted by the internal sensors as 'alien'; the limb moves without being controlled by the Pt. Cf Progressive supranuclear palsy.
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She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility.
The tradition was broken, the Brownon estates passed into alien hands and the only Brownons remaining in that place were underground in Oak Hill Cemetery, where, indeed, was a colony of them powerful enough to resist the encroachment of surrounding tribes and hold the best part of the grounds.
They neither bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are--my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks--we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly."
His neurologic examination showed myoclonus, dysarthria, bilateral upper limb apraxia, alien hand phenomenon, bilateral rigidity, and bradykinesia predominantly affecting the left side.
He had 'alien hand syndrome' - his right hand acted seemingly on its own, would not do what his brain instructed and simple tasks like operating a mobile phone or buttoning his shirt were beyond him.
If alien hand is behind their current stay in two differing parties then Nepal is again in a precarious position in that such a hang about of the two senior politicos in two different parties bodes ill not only for the National politics but also to the Chinese establishment in many more ways than one which perhaps needs no further explanations.
Take Mad Cow Disease, Flesh Eating Bacteria, Walking Corpse Syndrome, Alien Hand Syndrome, Exploding Head Syndrome and Werewolf Syndrome.
So-called "alien hand syndrome," or asomatognosia, is a widely recognized example of xenomelia, and is associated with medial frontal lobe damage.
The alien hand syndrome refers to a rare behavioural disorder involving a variety of complex, goal-directed activity in one hand that is not voluntarily initiated [1,2].
It is another term for Alien Hand Syndrome, a neurological condition in which a patient's hand or arm jerks out of control.
This third series opener features two scenes of creeping dread where women get ready for bed, like Ripley in her escape pod before the alien hand reaches out of the wall.
From the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity comes an interesting article entitled "Does Alien Hand Syndrome Refute Free Will?" about the relationship between neuroscience and human nature.