Analytic processing elicits right ear superiority in monaurally presented speech

Thomas G. Bever, Richard R. Hurtig, Ann B. Handel

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The latency to respond with the right hand to the initial phone of a monaurally 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 the internal structure of a stimulus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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