SATO Wataru Laboratory
Right hemispheric dominance in gaze-triggered reflexive shift of attention in humans
(Okada T, Sato W, & Toichi M.: Brain Cogn)
Recent findings suggest a right hemispheric dominance in gaze-triggered shifts of attention.
The aim of this study was to clarify the dominant hemisphere in the gaze processing that mediates attentional shift.
A target localization task, with preceding non-predicative gaze cues presented to each visual field, was undertaken by 44 healthy subjects, measuring reaction time (RT). A face identification task was also given to determine hemispheric dominance in face processing for each subject.
RT differences between valid and invalid cues were larger when presented in the left rather than the right visual field. This held true regardless of individual hemispheric dominance in face processing.
Together, these results indicate right hemispheric dominance in gaze-triggered reflexive shifts of attention in normal healthy subjects.