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Crossed–uncrossed difference (CUD) in a new light: anatomy of the negative CUD in Poffenberger's paradigm

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Derakhshan I. Crossed–uncrossed difference (CUD) in a new light: anatomy of the negative CUD in Poffenberger's paradigm.

Acta Neurol Scand 2006: 113: 203–208. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2006.

Crossed Uncrossed Differentials (CUDs) have long been used as surrogate for the interhemispheric transfer time (IHTT). Evidence is presented that macular vision is the province of the major hemisphere, wherein all commands are initiated regardless of the laterality of the effectors of such commands. Using clinical and time-resolved data it is shown also that the above arrangement (i.e. neural handedness) corresponds to the subject's behavioral avowed (avowed, self-declared) handedness only in a statistical sense; with a substantial minority of humanity displaying a disparity of neural and behavioral handedness. Evidence is provided that the negative CUD in previously reported studies was a reflection of such incongruity in those subjects studied. Thus, to lateralize the command center it is sufficient to determine the reaction time of two symmetrically located effectors on the body. The side with longer reaction time is ipsilateral to the major hemisphere, with the difference of the two sides commensurate to transcallosal IHTT.

Keywords: behavioral; callosum; directionality; handedness; neural; vision

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2006


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