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Hemispheric asymmetries: Attention to visual and auditory primitives

Author(s): Ivry, R.

Journal/Book: Curr Directions Psychol Sci. 2000; 9: 40 West 20Th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA. Cambridge Univ Press. 59-63.

Abstract: A computational theory of hemispheric asymmetries in perception (double filtering by frequency) is described. Its central tenet is that the cerebral hemispheres first perform symmetric filtering of visual and auditory information. Functional hemispheric asymmetry arises from a second filtering stage selects a range of task-relevant spatial or auditory frequencies from the absolute values. This range is passed to the asymmetric filters. In this way, the hemispheric difference becomes one of relative rather than absolute information. Behavioral deficits due to unilateral lesions in neurological patients and neuroimaging and electrophysical measures in normal subjects implicate posterior cortex in these hemispheric differences.

Note: Article Robertson LC, Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Psychol, 3210 Tolman Hall, Berkeley,CA 94720 USA

Keyword(s): cognitive neuroscience; hemispheric specialization; neuropsychology; perception; attention

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