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Type: Journal article
Title: Representational pseudoneglect in an auditory-driven spatial working memory task
Author: Brooks, J.
Logie, R.
McIntosh, R.
Della Sala, S.
Citation: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2011; 64(11):2168-2180
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1747-0218
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Joanna L. Brooks, Robert H. Logie, Robert McIntosh & Sergio Della Sala
Abstract: Two experiments explored lateralized biases in mental representations of matrix patterns formed from aural verbal descriptions. Healthy participants listened, either monaurally or binaurally, to verbal descriptions of 6 by 3 matrix patterns and were asked to form a mental representation of each pattern. In Experiment 1, participants were asked to judge which half of the matrix, left or right, contained more filled cells and to rate the certainty of their judgement. Participants tended to judge that the left side was fuller than the right and showed significantly greater certainty when judging patterns that were fuller on the left. This tendency was particularly strong for left-ear presentation. In Experiment 2, participants conducted the same task as that in Experiment 1 but were also asked to recall the pattern for the side judged as fuller. Participants were again more certain in judging patterns that were fuller on the left—particularly for left-ear presentation—but were no more accurate in remembering the details from the left. These results suggest that the left side of the mental representation was represented more saliently but it was not remembered more accurately. We refer to this lateralized bias as “representational pseudoneglect”. Results are discussed in terms of theories of visuospatial working memory.
Keywords: Representation; Pseudoneglect; Auditory; Spatial; Working memory; Mental
Rights: © 2011 The Experimental Psychology Society
DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2011.575948
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