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Lateralized Word Recognition: Assessing the Role of Hemispheric Specialization, Modes of Lexical Access, and Perceptual Asymmetry

Jordan, Timothy; Patching, Geoffrey LU and Milner, David (2000) In Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 26(3). p.1192-1208
Abstract
The processing advantage for words in the right visual field (RVF) has often been assigned to parallel orthographic analysis by the left hemisphere and sequential by the right. The authors investigated this notion using the Reicher–Wheeler task to suppress influences of guesswork and an eye-tracker to ensure central fixation. RVF advantages obtained for all serial positions and identical U-shaped serial-position curves obtained for both visual fields (Experiments 1–4). These findings were not influenced by lexical constraint (Experiment 2) and were obtained with masked and nonmasked displays (Experiment 3). Moreover, words and nonwords produced similar serial-position effects in each field, but only RVF stimuli produced a word–nonword... (More)
The processing advantage for words in the right visual field (RVF) has often been assigned to parallel orthographic analysis by the left hemisphere and sequential by the right. The authors investigated this notion using the Reicher–Wheeler task to suppress influences of guesswork and an eye-tracker to ensure central fixation. RVF advantages obtained for all serial positions and identical U-shaped serial-position curves obtained for both visual fields (Experiments 1–4). These findings were not influenced by lexical constraint (Experiment 2) and were obtained with masked and nonmasked displays (Experiment 3). Moreover, words and nonwords produced similar serial-position effects in each field, but only RVF stimuli produced a word–nonword effect (Experiment 4). These findings support the notion that left-hemisphere function underlies the RVF advantage but not the notion that each hemisphere uses a different mode of orthographic analysis. (Less)
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  author       = {Jordan, Timothy and Patching, Geoffrey and Milner, David},
  issn         = {0096-1523},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {1192--1208},
  publisher    = {American Psychological Association (APA)},
  series       = {Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance},
  title        = {Lateralized Word Recognition: Assessing the Role of Hemispheric Specialization, Modes of Lexical Access, and Perceptual Asymmetry},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037//0096-1523.26.3.1192},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2000},
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