Functional hemispheric asymmetries were examined for right- or left-handed men and women. Tasks involved (a) auditory processing of verbal material, (b) processing of emotions shown on faces, (c) processing of visual categorical and coordinate spatial relations, and (d) visual processing of verbal material. Similar performance asymmetries were found for the right-handed and left-handed groups, but the average asymmetries tended to be smaller for the left-handed group. For the most part, measures of performance asymmetry obtained from the different tasks did not correlate with each other, suggesting that individual subjects cannot be simply characterized as strongly or weakly lateralized. However, ear differences obtained in Task 1 did correlate significantly with certain visual field differences obtained in Task 4, suggesting that both tasks are sensitive to hemispheric asymmetry in similar phonetic or language-related processes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Psychology (all)
- Developmental Neuroscience