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Event-related potentials during word-reading and figure-matching in left-handed and right-handed males and females.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Brain and language
Publication Date
Volume
37
Issue
4
Pages
525–547
Identifiers
PMID: 2819415
Source
Medline

Abstract

In two experiments, event-related potentials at left and right occipital, parietal, and temporal sites were studied in 16 left-handers (8 male, 8 female) and 16 right-handers (8 male, 8 female). Subjects displayed extreme handedness, had a normal writing hand position, reported no left-handed relatives, and reported no perinatal traumata. In Experiment 1, centrally presented words had to be read, and nonverbal stimuli had to be matched. Condition-dependent asymmetries were found for P340 and SW components. Word-reading elicited a N500 component, whereas figure-matching did not. In Experiment 2, words presented to either the left or right visual field had to be read. It was found that N160 measures were larger, and P240, P400, and SW measures were smaller to words presented in the contralateral visual field compared to words in the ipsilateral field. Sex affected these pathway effects. In both experiments, hand preference did not significantly influence the ERP results.

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