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ERIC Number: EJ925743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Attention and the Right-Ear Advantage: What Is the Connection?
Hiscock, Merrill; Kinsbourne, Marcel
Brain and Cognition, v76 n2 p263-275 Jul 2011
Dichotic listening originally was a means of studying attention. Half a century ago Doreen Kimura parlayed the dichotic method into a noninvasive indicator of lateralized cerebral language representation. The ubiquitous right-ear advantage (REA) for verbal material was accepted as a concomitant of left-sided language lateralization and preferential conduction of right-ear messages to the left hemisphere. As evidence has accumulated over the past 50 years showing the REA to be dynamic and modifiable, the concept of attention has become essential for interpreting the findings. Progress in understanding the role of attention has been manifested as a transition from efforts to document attention effects to efforts to characterize their mechanisms. We summarize the relevant evidence, trace the evolution of explanatory models, and outline contemporary accounts of the role of attention in dichotic listening. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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