Role of order of approximation to English and letter array length in the development of visual laterality

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Abstract

24 7 yr 10 mo-10 yr 8 mo-old children identified tachistoscopically presented arrays varying in length and degree of orthographic constraint. A right hemifield superiority was found for all Ss and conditions. Longer arrays resulted in asymmetric serial position curves with most accurate identification of the 1st letters on the right. The influence of orthographic structure was evident at all age levels and in both hemifields. Results suggest that although a left to right postexposural scanning process may contribute to general hemifield asymmetries, their change with age is more likely associated with other factors. (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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