Hemispheric asymmetry in holistic processing of words
Holistic processing has been regarded as a hallmark of face perception, indicating the automatic and obligatory tendency of the visual system to process all face parts as a perceptual unit rather than in isolation. Studies involving lateralized stimulus presentation suggest that the
right hemisphere dominates holistic face processing. Holistic processing can also be shown with other categories such as words and thus it is not specific to faces or face-like expertize. Here, we used divided visual field presentation to investigate the possibly different contributions of
the two hemispheres for holistic word processing. Observers performed same/different judgment on the cued parts of two sequentially presented words in the complete composite paradigm. Our data indicate a right hemisphere specialization for holistic word processing. Thus, these markers of expert
object recognition are domain general.
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Complete composite task;
divided visual field paradigm;
holistic word processing
Document Type: Research Article
Faculdade de Psicologia, Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, Lisboa, Portugal
Departamento de Psicologia, Universidade de Évora, Colégio Pedro da Fonseca, Parque Industrial e Tecnológico de Évora, Évora, Portugal
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
January 2, 2019