Definition: The spontaneous use (utilization) of objects which can be reached (L‘Hermitte, Pillon and Serdaru, 1986).
Exploration: Utilization behavior is present if the patient picks up the pencil and writes on the pad on the table between him/her and the examiner as soon as he/she notices that they are there.
L’Hermitte F, Pillon B, Serdaru M. Human autonomy and the frontal lobes. Part I: Imitation and utilization behavior: a neuropsychological study of 75 patients. Ann Neurol 1986; 19: 326-34.
Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek
February 23, 2017