Mirror-reading in right- and left-handers

Academic Article


  • In mirror-reading, words are read from right to left and letters are read in a reverse right-to-left orientation. In one experiment we compared the ability of normal right- and left-handed subjects to mirror-read and found that the left-handers made fewer errors and could read mirror print more rapidly. In a second experiment we attempted to learn whether there is a hemifield superiority for reading mirror words and whether there are any differences between left- and right-handers in a hemifield. We found that although both right- and left-handers more rapidly detected mirror words projected to the left visual half-field, there were no differences between groups. However, in the right visual half-field, the performance of left-handers was superior to that of the right-handers. The results of the hemifield study suggest that left-handers may be superior at reading mirror words because they can more easily reverse their scanning pattern. © 1982.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 22069560
  • Author List

  • Tankle R; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 124
  • End Page

  • 132
  • Volume

  • 17
  • Issue

  • 1