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Investigating the Influence of Top-Down Mechanisms on Hemispheric Asymmetries in Verbal Memory

Abstract It is commonly known that the left hemisphere of the brain is more efficient in the processing of verbal information, compared to the right hemisphere. One proposal suggests that hemispheric asymmetries in verbal processing are due in part to the efficient use of top-down mechanisms by the left hemisphere. Most evidence for this comes from hemispheric semantic priming, though fewer studies have investigated verbal memory in the cerebral hemispheres. The goal of the current investigations is to examine how top-down mechanisms influence hemispheric asymmetries in verbal memory, and determine the specific nature of hypothesized top-down mechanisms. Five experiments were conducted to explore the influence of top-down mechanisms on hemispheric a... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Tat, Michael Jon (Author) / Azuma, Tamiko (Advisor) / Goldinger, Stephen D (Committee member) / Liss, Julie M (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology / Neurosciences / Speech therapy / Cognitive Control / Executive Function / Hemispheric Asymmetries / Language Processing / Memory
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 161 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Science 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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