Two experiments were designed in order to study hemispheric differences in odour recognition in normal subject. In the first experiment subjects first smelled an odour and then a visual stimulus (a picture or a word related or unrelated to the odour) was flashed either to the left or to the right hemisphere for 150 milliseconds. Subjects had to press a key if the two stimuli (olfactory and visual) matched and another key if they did not. Reaction time analysis showed that the responses were faster when the second stimulus (either picture or word) was presented to the right hemisphere. In a second experiment the first stimulus was auditory rather than olfactory. Subjects were instructed to listen to names of odorants and then to respond to pictures or written names as in the first experiment. In this case a left hemisphere advantage emerged, presumably related to the priming of the left hemisphere by the auditorially presented verbal stimulus.

HEMISPHERIC DIFFERENCES IN ODOUR RECOGNITION.

ZUCCO, GESUALDO;TRESSOLDI, PATRIZIO
1989

Abstract

Two experiments were designed in order to study hemispheric differences in odour recognition in normal subject. In the first experiment subjects first smelled an odour and then a visual stimulus (a picture or a word related or unrelated to the odour) was flashed either to the left or to the right hemisphere for 150 milliseconds. Subjects had to press a key if the two stimuli (olfactory and visual) matched and another key if they did not. Reaction time analysis showed that the responses were faster when the second stimulus (either picture or word) was presented to the right hemisphere. In a second experiment the first stimulus was auditory rather than olfactory. Subjects were instructed to listen to names of odorants and then to respond to pictures or written names as in the first experiment. In this case a left hemisphere advantage emerged, presumably related to the priming of the left hemisphere by the auditorially presented verbal stimulus.
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