Hemispheric Asymmetries of Near-Far Spatial Attention

Academic Article


  • Although most of the visual cognitive activities performed by the left hemisphere take place close to the body (peripersonal space), most visual cognitive activities mediated by the right hemisphere take place in extrapersonal space. The left hemisphere, therefore, may have a propensity to direct attention toward the body and the right hemisphere away from the body. Because attentional bias influences judgments of spatial magnitude, the authors tested this hypothesis. Normal participants were asked to compare the size of horizontal lines presented in the sagittal plane in either right or left hemispace. When participants looked leftward, lines appeared shorter than when participants looked rightward. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that the right hemisphere directs attention toward visual extrapersonal space and the left hemisphere directs attention toward visual peripersonal space. © 1995 American Psychological Association.
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  • Neuropsychology  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Heilman KM; Chatterjee A; Doty LC
  • Start Page

  • 58
  • End Page

  • 61
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 1