Hemispheric independence in word recognition: evidence from unilateral and bilateral presentations

Iacoboni, M. and Zaidel, E. (1996) Hemispheric independence in word recognition: evidence from unilateral and bilateral presentations. [Journal (Paginated)]

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We compared behavioral laterality effect in a lexical decision task using cued unilateral or bilateral presentations of different stimuli to normal subjects. The goals were to determine the effects of lexical variables on word recognition in each hemisphere under conditions of maximal independence of information processing in the two hemispheres and to assess the degree of residual interhemispheric effects that can still exist then. Bilateral presentations increased hemispheric independence in word recognition, indexed by a significant interaction of response hand with target visual field. Bilateral presentations also selectively impaired word decisions, suggesting that word processing benefits from interhemispheric interaction, whereas nonword processing is done independently in each hemisphere. Indeed, there was a significant congruity effect for word targets only, whereby the wordness of the unattended stimulus affected the speed of processing of attended word targets. Word frequency and regularity affected both hemispheres equally, arguing against the hemispheric interpretation of the dual route model of word recognition. Length affected the processing of nonwords more than words and in the LVF more than in the RVF. Taken together, the data support the conclusion that each normal hemisphere can control word recognition independently of the other.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
ID Code:687
Deposited By: Iacoboni, Marco
Deposited On:15 Jun 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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