Journal article

Lateral biases and reading direction: A dissociation between aesthetic preference and line bisection

Yukiko Ishii, Matia Okubo, Michael ER Nicholls, Hisato Imai

Brain and Cognition | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2011


Perceptual asymmetries for tasks involving aesthetic preference or line bisection can be affected by asymmetrical neurological mechanisms or left/right reading habits. This study investigated the relative contribution of these mechanisms in 100 readers of Japanese and English. Participants made aesthetic judgments between pairs of mirror-reversed pictures showing: (a) static objects, (b) moving objects and (c) landscapes. A line bisection task was also administered. There was a strong effect of reading direction for static and mobile objects whereby Japanese readers preferred objects with a right-to-left directionality (and vice versa for English readers). In contrast, similar patterns were ..

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