ERIC Number: EJ724369
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Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Masked Priming Is Abstract in the Left and Right Visual Fields
Bowers, Jeffrey S.; Turner, Emma L.
Brain and Language, v95 n3 p414-422 Dec 2005
Two experiments assessed masked priming for words presented to the left and right visual fields in a lexical decision task. In both Experiments, the same magnitude and pattern of priming was obtained for visually similar ("kiss"-"KISS") and dissimilar ("read"-"READ") prime-target pairs. These findings provide no support for the hypothesis that word identification is mediated by separate and lateralized abstract and specific visual form systems. Strikingly, equivalent priming was observed when primes and targets were presented to the same or opposite visual fields, suggesting that priming occurs after visual information from the two hemispheres is integrated.
Descriptors: Visualization, Word Recognition, Experiments, Hypothesis Testing, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Visual Perception, Reading Skills, Foreign Countries
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