Hemispheric processing and reading efficiency

Hiroko Sotozaki, Bianca Hatin

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This study using a primed lexical decision task in a visual half-field paradigm investigated the advantage of interhemispheric processing to enhance cognitive capacity associated with reading ability among college students. Sixty-five undergraduate students (23 males, 42 females, mean age = 20.6) served as one of the following: skilled readers for the short SOA, skilled readers for the long SOA, or unskilled readers for the long SOA. The results demonstrated that intrahemispheric processing was advantageous in a simple task and interhemispheric processing was advantageous in a complex task for skilled readers, but unskilled readers did not show the advantage of interhemispheric processing in the complex task. The lack of switching strategies suggests that their unskilled reading ability may stem from inefficient reading processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neurolinguistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • visual half-field presentation
  • priming effects
  • lexical decision task
  • Intrahemispheric processing
  • interhemispheric processing
  • hemispheric specialization
  • integration


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