Human Physiology

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 265–274 | Cite as

Functional specialization of hemispheres in matching current and preceding stimuli

  • T. G. Beteleva


Classification of visual patterns, a differentiating sign of which is the position of the longer axis of an oval and the principal part of the image, was studied. Stimuli were presented at random to the left (LVF) or right (RVF) visual fields in two situations:same (preceding imageS 1 was of the same form and presented to the same visual field as the current imageS 2) anddifferent (S 1 differed fromS 2 by both form and location). Classification ofdifferent images was less effective compared with that ofsame images during stimulation of LVF and showed no dependence on the preceding image during stimulation of RVF. The matching of event-related potentials (ERP) in response toS 2 and differential curvesS 2S 1 revealed the processes related to accessing the information on the preceding stimulus and processing of the current stimulus, which simultaneously occur during the initial 50 ms in both hemispheres and in the 160–180 ms interval in the right hemisphere. Both processes were more expressed during stimulation of the contralateral visual field. In the 190–310 ms interval, discrimination of thesame anddifferent images was determined by processing of information about the current stimulus on the basis of the results of the preceding stage of analysis. This process was more expressed in the occipital, parietal and temporoparietooccipital regions of the right hemisphere independently of the stimulated visual field. The involvement of frontal regions at this stage of information processing was observed only at stimulation of RVF. The dependence of differences of ERP to thesame anddifferent images on the stimulated visual field was revealed for the 320–500-ms interval (N 400 and late positive complex) in the occipital regions.


Visual Field Left Hemisphere Frontal Region Occipital Region Current Stimulus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. G. Beteleva
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Developmental PhysiologyRussian Academy of EducationMoscow

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