Reading Direction and Attention - Effects on Lateralized Ignoring

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Abstract

The effects of the scan for the first element in reading (leftmost in English, rightmost in Hebrew) on the ability of subjects to ignore irrelevant stimuli in one visual field more than in the other were investigated. The hypothesis tested was that English readers would have a harder time ignoring irrelevant stimuli in the left visual held than in the right Visual field, with the opposite pattern predicted for readers of Hebrew. The paradigm employed by Banich (Banich & Belger, 1990) was used with two letter matching tasks. The results showed that when an irrelevant letter was present, English readers responded more slowly in the right than in the left visual field, and Hebrew readers showed the opposite pattern (Experiment 1). This interaction did not occur when the irrelevant letter was deleted (Experiment 2). These findings are discussed in terms of their relation to eye movements and covert attention and to the use of bilateral displays in neuropsychological experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalBrain and Cognition
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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