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ERIC Number: EJ887611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0028-3932
The Centre Is Not in the Middle: Evidence from Line and Word Bisection
Arduino, Lisa S.; Previtali, Paola; Girelli, Luisa
Neuropsychologia, v48 n7 p2140-2146 Jun 2010
English and German readers have been shown to mark a position to the left of the true centre as the subjective midpoint in word bisection. This effect resembles a well-known phenomenon observed with the bisection of solid lines (pseudoneglect), although this behavioural similarity does not imply a common origin. The purpose of the present study was twofold: on the one hand, to investigate the perceptual and lexical features that influence the bisection of Italian orthographic strings and, on the other hand, to investigate whether identical or partially independent processing mediate bisection of line and orthographic stimuli. Five experiments were carried out to explore to what extent stimulus type (lines, words, pseudowords, consonant strings, symbols), stimulus length (from 3 to 13 characters), list context (pure and mixed), and written word frequency (high and low) affected the bisection performance. The results showed that list context modulated the processing similarities across different materials and that word frequency failed to influence the magnitude of the bisection bias. More critically, across all five experiments, the results showed different effects for solid lines versus orthographic material. Lines were always bisected to the left, independent of length and list context. By contrast, a crossover effect emerged with orthographic material; for long stimuli (above five letters) the bias was consistently to the left, while short stimuli showed a consistent rightward bias. The results indicate that manual bisection involved partly different cognitive mechanisms during word and line perception and that this may depend on the characteristics of the stimuli (words/discrete vs. lines/continuous). (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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