Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 176, Issue 3, pp 525–531

Do the hemispheres differ in their preparation for global/local processing?

Research Note

DOI: 10.1007/s00221-006-0796-9

Cite this article as:
Volberg, G. & Hübner, R. Exp Brain Res (2007) 176: 525. doi:10.1007/s00221-006-0796-9


It has recently been suggested that hemispheric differences for global and local processing already occur in response to visual pre-cues that direct attention to a specific level. However, in the supporting studies cue information was confounded with the form of the cues. In order to dissolve the confound, we compared event-related brain potentials towards cues differing in form with those towards identically formed color cues. As a result, hemispheric differences were found only for the former cue type. The data thus show that the mere cue information does not produce hemispheric asymmetries associated with global/local target stimulus processing.


Event-related potentials Hemispheric asymmetry Hierarchical processing Attention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Regensburg, Institute for Experimental PsychologyRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Konstanz, PsychologyKonstanzGermany

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