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scandinavian journal of psychology
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
The purpose of this study was to investigate hemispheric functional asymmetry in 18 normal hearing children and 18 congenitally deaf children aged 13 ‐14 years. The task was identification of a visual stimulus (3‐letter word or photograph of a face) presented in either the left or right visual field. The children responded by pointing to the target stimulus on a response card which contained four different words or three different faces. The percentage of errors for presentations to the two visual fields were analysed to determine hemispheric dominance. The pattern of hemispheric differences for the hearing children was consistent with that from previous investigations. The results for the deaf children differed from those of the normals. In word perception we observed a right hemisphere advantage and in the face recognition a lack of hemispheric differences. These results point to a lack of auditory experiences which is affecting the functional organization of the two hemispheres. It is suggested that the necessity to make use of visuo‐spatial information in the process of communication causes right hemisphere dominance in verbal tasks. This may influence the perception of other visuo‐spatial stimuli which may yield a lack of hemispheric asymmetry in face recognition.
Subject(s)audiology , cognitive psychology , developmental psychology , face perception , laterality , lateralization of brain function , medicine , neuroscience , perception , psychology , right hemisphere , stimulus (psychology) , visual field , visual perception
SCImago Journal Rank0.743
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