Hemispheric Lateralization and Aesthetic Judgement

Wiecher H. van Houten*, Claude M. Chemtob, Stephen I. Hersh

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Abstract

Pairs of slides depicting works of art were presented tachistoscopically to the left or right visual half-fields. Subjects performed an aesthetic judgement task, selecting the better work of art in each pair. Subjects with highly lateralized cerebral organization, as inferred by handedness or sex, performed significantly better in response to slides presented in one visual half-field (VHF) than in response to slides presented in the opposite VHF. Some of these subjects showed a left VHF superiority, while others showed a right RHF superiority. Subjects who were less lateralized showed no significant tendency to perform better in response to slides presented in one VHF or the other. The results are interpreted as an indication that subjects will perform a given task in a lateralized or a non-lateralized manner as a function of the interaction between individual differences in cerebral organization and the cognitive processes used to perform the task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-489
Number of pages13
JournalCortex
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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