Orthographic neighborhood effects in the right but not in the left cerebral hemisphere

Michal Lavidor, Andrew W. Ellis

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Two lexical decision experiments investigated orthographic neighborhood effects in the hemispheres. In the first experiment, lexical decision was affected by orthographic neighborhood size when stimuli were presented to the right hemisphere (RH) but not to the left hemisphere (LH). In a four-field masked-prime lexical decision task (Experiment 2), a larger shared orthographic neighborhood between prime and target facilitated lexical decision in the RH but not in the LH. The patterns of activation invoked in the two cerebral hemispheres by a written word and its orthographic neighbors may be qualitatively different.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the European Commission, Marie Curie fellowship grant, contract no. HPMF-CT-1999-00205. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Michal Lavidor, Department of Psychology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, England. Fax: +44(0)1904 433181. E-mail: M.Lavidor@psych.york.ac.uk. 63


  • Hemispheric differences
  • Lateralization
  • Masked priming
  • Orthographic neighborhood size
  • Shared neighborhood
  • Visual lexical decision


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