You are here

ERP evidence of hemispheric independence in visual word recognition.

ERP evidence of hemispheric independence in visual word recognition.

Authors: 
Nemrodov D., Harpaz Y., Javitt D.C. & Lavidor M.
Year: 
2011
Journal: 
Brain and Language
Abstract: 

This study examined the capability of the left hemisphere (LH) and the right hemisphere (RH) to perform a visual recognition task independently as formulated by the Direct Access Model (Fernandino, Iacoboni, & Zaidel, 2007). Healthy native Hebrew speakers were asked to categorize nouns and non-words (created from nouns by transposing two middle letters) into man-made and natural categories while their performance and ERPs were recorded. The stimuli were presented parafoveally to the right and left visual fields. As predicted by the Direct Access Model, ERP data showed that both the left hemisphere and right hemisphere were able to differentiate between words and non-words as early as 170 ms post-stimulus; these results were significant only for the contralaterally presented stimuli. The N1 component, which is considered to reflect orthographic processing, was larger in both hemispheres in response to the contralateral than the ipsilateral presented stimuli. This finding provides evidence for the RH capability to access higher level lexical information at the early stages of visual word recognition, thus lending weight to arguments for the relatively independent nature of this process.

© Copyright 1999 - 2017 ANT Neuro | www.ant-neuro.com | Terms of Use | Privacy Statement | Contact | USA Customers