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Analytic Processing Elicits Right Ear Superiority in Monaurally Presented Speech USPHS

Bever, Thomas G.; Handel, Ann B.; Hurtig, Richard R.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Auditory Stimuli, Cerebral Dominance, Language Processing, Responses, Speech Communication


The latency to respond with the right hand to the initial phone of a monurally presented CVC syllable is shorter when the stimulus is heard in the right ear than when it is heard in the left ear. This shows that superiority of the left hemisphere can be elicited in simple speech tasks with monaural stimulation. However, the latency to recognize the entire syllable is equally short regardless of ear and responding hand. This is consistent with the view that the left hemisphere is dominant only for tasks that require analysis of internal structure of a stimulus. (18pp.)

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