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Hand dominance influences the processing of observed bodies

Gardner, Mark and Potts, Rosalind (2010) Hand dominance influences the processing of observed bodies. Brain and Cognition, 73 (1). pp. 35-40. ISSN 0278-2626

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2010.02.002

Abstract

In motor tasks, subgroups of lefthanders have been shown to differ in the distribution of attention about their own bodies. The present experiment examined whether similar attentional biases also apply when processing observed bodies. Sixteen right handers (RHs), 22 consistent left handers (CLHs) and 11 relatively ambidextrous inconsistent left handers (ILHs) performed an own body transformation task in which they were instructed to make speeded left–right judgements about a schematic human figure. Attentional biases associated with handedness were found to extend to observed bodies: CLHs’ judgements were faster to the figure’s left side, while ILHs, like RHs, showed facilitated performance to the figure’s right side. These results demonstrate a novel embodiment effect whereby the processing of a static schematic human figure is modulated by an individual’s personal motor capabilities. This finding suggests that motor simulation may contribute to whole body perception in the absence of actual or implied actions.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:8532
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