In contrast to use of single tools, naturalistic multistep actions with multiple tools and objects are equally affected by left, right, or diffuse brain damage. However, different mechanisms underlie failure of naturalistic action in patients with left and right brain damage. In right brain damaged patients the number of errors correlates with the severity of left-sided hemineglect, and in aphasic patients with tests of language and semantic memory and with an experimental test probing technical problem solving by trial and error. Other than mechanical problem solving for use of single conventional tools, technical problem solving is frequently based on trial and error because functions cannot be derived from categorical apprehension of structural features of objects
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