In this study, we investigated whether early deafness affects the typical pattern of hemispheric lateralization [i.e., right hemisphere (RH) dominance] in the control of spatial attention. To this aim, deaf signers, deaf non-signers, hearing signers, and hearing non-signers were required to bisect a series of centrally presented visual lines. The directional bisection bias was found to be significantly different between hearing and deaf participants, irrespective of sign language use. Hearing participants (both signers and non-signers) showed a consistent leftward bias, reflecting RH dominance. Conversely, we observed no evidence of a clear directional bias in deaf signers or non-signers (deaf participants overall showing a non-significant tendency to deviate rightward), suggesting that deafness may be associated to a more bilateral hemispheric engagement in visuospatial tasks.

Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Cecchetto, C., & Papagno, C. (2014). Auditory deprivation affects biases of visuospatial attention as measured by line bisection. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 232(9), 2767-2773 [10.1007/s00221-014-3960-7].

Auditory deprivation affects biases of visuospatial attention as measured by line bisection

CATTANEO, ZAIRA;LEGA, CARLOTTA;CECCHETTO, CARLO;PAPAGNO, COSTANZA
2014

Abstract

In this study, we investigated whether early deafness affects the typical pattern of hemispheric lateralization [i.e., right hemisphere (RH) dominance] in the control of spatial attention. To this aim, deaf signers, deaf non-signers, hearing signers, and hearing non-signers were required to bisect a series of centrally presented visual lines. The directional bisection bias was found to be significantly different between hearing and deaf participants, irrespective of sign language use. Hearing participants (both signers and non-signers) showed a consistent leftward bias, reflecting RH dominance. Conversely, we observed no evidence of a clear directional bias in deaf signers or non-signers (deaf participants overall showing a non-significant tendency to deviate rightward), suggesting that deafness may be associated to a more bilateral hemispheric engagement in visuospatial tasks.
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deaf, line bisection, neglect, space perception, visual
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Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Cecchetto, C., & Papagno, C. (2014). Auditory deprivation affects biases of visuospatial attention as measured by line bisection. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 232(9), 2767-2773 [10.1007/s00221-014-3960-7].
Cattaneo, Z; Lega, C; Cecchetto, C; Papagno, C
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