ERIC Number: ED289291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Interhemispheric Transfer of Tactile Information by Learning Disabled Children.
Berlin, Donna F.
To examine intra- and interhemispheric communication or the transfer of information within and between the cerebral hemispheres, 32 right-handed learning disabled children aged 8-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-16 years were presented a tactile discrimination task. Fabrics of the same or different texture were presented to the same hand (uncrossed condition) or alternating hands (crossed condition). A repeated measures design was used to investigate performance on the tactile task using a verbal response mode and a nonverbal response mode. Analyses indicated the number of uncrossed errors and crossed errors were significantly greater for the verbal response mode as compared to the nonverbal response mode. The youngest children made significantly more crossed errors in the verbal response mode compared to the nonverbal response mode. Results suggested that younger learning disabled children may experience greater difficulty using a verbal response mode on a task which is inferred to require interhemispheric transfer of information. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).