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Article: How does reading direction modulate perceptual asymmetry effects?

TitleHow does reading direction modulate perceptual asymmetry effects?
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherPsychology Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17470218.asp
Citation
The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2016 How to Cite?
AbstractLeft-side bias effects refer to a bias towards the left side of the stimulus/space in perceptual/visuospatial judgments, and are argued to reflect dominance of right hemisphere processing. It remains unclear whether reading direction can also account for the bias effect. Previous studies comparing readers of languages read from left to right with those read from right to left (e.g., French vs. Hebrew) have obtained inconsistent results. As a language that can be read from left to right or from right to left, Chinese provides a unique opportunity for a within-culture examination of reading direction effects. Chinese participants performed a perceptual judgment task (with both face and Chinese character stimuli; Experiment 1) and two visuospatial attention tasks (the greyscales and line bisection tasks; Experiment 2) once before and once after a reading task, in which they read Chinese passages either from left to right or from right to left for about 20 min. After reading from right to left, participants showed significantly reduced left-side bias in Chinese character perceptual judgments but not in the other three tasks. This effect suggests that the role of reading direction on different forms of left-side bias may differ, and its modulation may be stimulus-specific.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/232934
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.13
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.392

 

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dc.contributor.authorCHUNG, KSH-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, JYW-
dc.contributor.authorHsiao, JHW-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-20T05:33:28Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-20T05:33:28Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2016-
dc.identifier.issn1747-0218-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/232934-
dc.description.abstractLeft-side bias effects refer to a bias towards the left side of the stimulus/space in perceptual/visuospatial judgments, and are argued to reflect dominance of right hemisphere processing. It remains unclear whether reading direction can also account for the bias effect. Previous studies comparing readers of languages read from left to right with those read from right to left (e.g., French vs. Hebrew) have obtained inconsistent results. As a language that can be read from left to right or from right to left, Chinese provides a unique opportunity for a within-culture examination of reading direction effects. Chinese participants performed a perceptual judgment task (with both face and Chinese character stimuli; Experiment 1) and two visuospatial attention tasks (the greyscales and line bisection tasks; Experiment 2) once before and once after a reading task, in which they read Chinese passages either from left to right or from right to left for about 20 min. After reading from right to left, participants showed significantly reduced left-side bias in Chinese character perceptual judgments but not in the other three tasks. This effect suggests that the role of reading direction on different forms of left-side bias may differ, and its modulation may be stimulus-specific.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPsychology Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17470218.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology-
dc.rightsThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Copyright © Psychology Press.-
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dc.titleHow does reading direction modulate perceptual asymmetry effects? -
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHsiao, JHW: jhsiao@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHsiao, JHW=rp00632-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17470218.2016.1193549-
dc.identifier.pmid27223256-
dc.identifier.hkuros263187-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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