Asymmetric attention networks: The case of children

Sarit Yaakoby-Rotem, Ronny Geva

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Visuospatial attention-networks are represented in both hemispheres, with right-hemisphere dominance in adults. Little is known about the lateralization of the attentional-networks in children. To assess the lateralization of attentional-networks in children aged 5 years, performance on a Lateralized-Attention-Network-Test specifically designed for children (LANT-C) was compared with performance on the Attention-Network-Test for children (ANT-C). Participants were 82 children, aged 5-6 years (55% boys, middle-class, mainstream schooling). They were examined with both the ANT-C and the LANT-C along with evaluation of intelligence and attention questionnaires. Multiple analysis of variance showed a main effect for network, with high efficiency for orienting and lower executive efficiency (accuracy; p <.001; η2 =.282). An effect for procedure, elucidated higher efficiency in the ANT-C relatively to the LANT-C (accuracy; p <.01; η2 =.097). A procedure × network interaction effect was also found, showing that this procedure difference is present in the alerting and executive networks (accuracy; p <.05; η2 =.096). LANT-C analysis showed a left visual-field advantage in alerting, (accuracy; p <.05; η2 =.066), while executing with the right hand benefitted executive performance (response-time; p <.05; η2 =.06). Results extend previous findings manifesting a right-hemisphere advantage in children's alerting-attention, pointing to the importance of lateralization of brain function to the understanding of the integrity of attention-networks in children. (JINS, 2014, 20, 1-10)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-443
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Attention networks
  • Cerebral dominance
  • Children
  • Hemispheric lateralization
  • Right-hemisphere dominance
  • Visuospatial attention


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