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Inconsistent-handed advantage in episodic memory extends to paragraph-level materials

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Past research using handedness as a proxy for functional access to the right hemisphere demonstrates that individuals who are mixed/inconsistently handed outperform strong/consistently handed individuals when performing episodic recall tasks. However, research has generally been restricted to stimuli presented in a list format. In the present paper, we present two studies in which participants were presented with paragraph-level material and then asked to recall material from the passages. The first study was based on a classic study looking at retroactive interference with prose materials. The second was modelled on a classic experiment looking at perspective taking and the content of memory. In both studies, the classic effects were replicated and the general finding that mixed/inconsistent-handers outperform strong/consistent-handers was replicated. This suggests that considering degree of handedness may be an empirically useful means of reducing error variance in paradigms looking at memory for prose level material.
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Keywords: Handedness; episodic memory; interhemispheric interaction; paragraph memory; text memory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA

Publication date: September 14, 2017

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