ERIC Number: EJ724534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Rightward Biases in Free-Viewing Visual Bisection Tasks: Implications for Leftward Responses Biases on Similar Tasks
Elias, Lorin J.; Robinson, Brent; Saucier, Deborah M.
Brain and Cognition, v59 n3 p296-298 Dec 2005
Neurologically normal individuals exhibit strong leftward response biases during free-viewing perceptual judgments of brightness, quantity, and size. When participants view two mirror-reversed objects and they are forced to choose which object appears darker, more numerous, or larger, the stimulus with the relevant feature on the left side is chosen 60-75% of the time. This effect could be influenced by inaccurate judgments of the true centre-point of the objects being compared. In order to test this possibility, 10 participants completed three visual bisection tasks on stimuli known to elicit strong leftward response biases. Participants were monitored using a remote eye-tracking device and instructed to stare at the subjective midpoint of objects presented on a computer screen. Although it was predicted that bisection errors would deviate to the left of centre (as is the case in the line bisection literature), the opposite effect was found. Significant rightward bisection errors were evident on two of the three tasks, and the leftward biases seen during forced-choice tasks could be the result of misjudgments to the right of centre on these same tasks.
Descriptors: Response Style (Tests), Perception Tests, Visual Perception, Visual Stimuli, Visual Measures, Measures (Individuals), Bias, Foreign Countries
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