Interhemispheric transfer of visual information: Meaningfulness and response formation

Andrey Markus, David Manor, Daffy Konis, Zohar Eviatar

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We examined whether Redundancy Gain (RG) can be dissociated from the response stage of a go/nogo paradigm, and whether the meaningfulness of a stimulus modulates the stage at which interhemispheric transfer occurs. Experiment 1 used a lateralized match-to-category paradigm, taken from categories with varying meaningfulness. Experiment 2 presented a novel design, which separates the perceptual stage from response formation, in examination of RG. A sequence of two stimuli was presented. Participants responded by matching the category of the second stimulus to that of the first. The redundant stimulus could appear at the first or the second stage, thus redundancy gain could be separated from the response. Experiment 1 revealed that redundancy gain occurs earlier in the process of stimulus identification for highly meaningful stimuli than for less meaningful stimuli. The results of Experiment 2 support the hypothesis that redundancy gain results from interhemispheric integration of perceptual information, rather than response-formation. Results from both experiments suggest that redundancy gain arises from interhemispheric integration in the perceptual stage, and the efficiency of this integration depends on the meaningfulness of the stimulus. These results are relevant to current hypotheses about the physiological mechanisms underlying RG.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106003
JournalBrain and Cognition
StatePublished - Aug 2023

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  • Interhemispheric transfer
  • Redundancy gain
  • Stimulus meaningfulness
  • Temporal dynamics of response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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