Sorting of Hemifield Presented Temporal and Spatial Stimuli

Rachel Brandeis, Harvey Babkoff

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Abstract

An experiment was performed, using a sorting task (choice reaction-time), to study the processing of stimuli, which differed along a temporal or a spatial dimension, presented to the right or to the left visual hemiffield. The results indicate more accurate responses and shorter reaction times to a temporal stimulus when it appears in the right-visual-field than when it appears in the left-visual-field. Conversely, more accurate responses and shorter reaction times are found to a spatial stimulus when it appears in the left-visual-field than when it appears in the right-visual-field. In addition to this major interaction, three more interactions are found, all of which involve response direction and one or two other stimulus variables. The results are consistent with the hypothesized hemispheric functional specificity, i.e., that the initial processing of the temporal dimension of visual stimuli is performed better by the left hemisphere than by the right hemisphere and that the converse is true for the initial processing of the spatial dimension of visual stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalCortex
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1984

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
1This study was partially supported by an Israel Foundations Trustees grant, David Rockefeller Fund for Doctoral students to the senior author.

Funding

1This study was partially supported by an Israel Foundations Trustees grant, David Rockefeller Fund for Doctoral students to the senior author.

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Israel Foundations Trustees

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