Ear asymmetries on a selective attentional task

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  • To ascertain whether there are ear-hemisphere asymmetries of selective attention, signal stimuli (tonal sequences) were presented monaurally with and without complex maskers (music and speech). The right ear-left hemisphere was more disrupted by language maskers; the left ear-right hemisphere was more disrupted by music maskers. These results suggest that there are hemispheric asymmetries of selective attention and that the ear hemisphere that usually processes a class of stimuli has greater difficulty filtering out those stimuli than does the nonspecialized hemisphere. © 1977.
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  • Heilman KM; Bowers D; Rasbury WC; Ray RM
  • Start Page

  • 390
  • End Page

  • 395
  • Volume

  • 4
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  • 3