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A role for hemispheric asymmetry in human behavioral variability

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A model is presented in which functional lateral specialization and selective hemisphere priming combine to provide a mechanism for behavioral variability. The model is tested and supported by two experiments in which lateral attentional priming produces significant reductions in between-subject and within-subject variability. These findings help us to understand the source of behavioral variability, broaden our knowledge of the gross structures and functions of the brain, provide information about the manipulation of perceived control, and offer a technique for increasing statistical power in a wide variety of research settings.

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Support for Experiment 1 was provided to Roger A. Drake by a Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation, under grant BNS 84-06809 to Charles M. Judd.

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Drake, R.A., Crow, L.T. A role for hemispheric asymmetry in human behavioral variability. Pav. J. Biol. Sci. 24, 43–49 (1989).

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  • Cerebral Hemisphere
  • Task Loading
  • Hemispheric Specialization
  • Behavioral Variability
  • Lateral Asymmetry