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ERIC Number: EJ861215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Responses on a Lateralized Lexical Decision Task Relate to both Reading Times and Comprehension
Michael, Mary
Brain and Cognition, v71 n3 p416-426 Dec 2009
Research over the last few years has shown that the dominance of the left hemisphere in language processing is less complete than previously thought [Beeman, M. (1993). "Semantic processing in the right hemisphere may contribute to drawing inferences from discourse." "Brain and Language," 44, 80-120; Faust, M., & Chiarello, C. (1998). "Sentence context and lexical ambiguity resolution by the two hemispheres." "Neuropsychologia," 36(9), 827-835; Weems, S. A., & Zaidel, E. (2004). "The relationship between reading ability and lateralized lexical decision." "Brain and Cognition," 55(3), 507-515]. Engaging the right brain in language processing is required for processing speaker/writer intention, particularly in those subtle interpretive processes that help in deciphering humor, irony, and emotional inference. In two experiments employing a divided field or lateralized lexical decision task (LLDT), accuracy and reaction times (RTs) were related to reading times and comprehension on sentence reading. Differences seen in RTs and error rates by visual fields were found to relate to performance. Smaller differences in performance between fields tended to be related to better performance on the LLDT in both experiments and, in Experiment 1, to reading measures. Readers who can exploit both hemispheres for language processing equally appear to be at an advantage in lexical access and possibly also in reading performance. (Contains 8 tables and 4 figures.)
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Language: English
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