Cerebral lateralization of spatial abilities: A meta-analysis
Abbreviated Journal Title
MENTAL ROTATION; HEMISPHERIC-ASYMMETRY; SEX-DIFFERENCES; BLOOD-FLOW; INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES; FAMILIAL SINISTRALITY; VISUOSPATIAL TASKS; EYE-MOVEMENTS; CORTICAL ACTIVITY; COGNITIVE TASK; Neurosciences; Psychology, Experimental
There is a substantial disagreement in the existing literature regarding which hemisphere of the brain controls spatial abilities. In an attempt to resolve this dispute, we conducted a meta-analysis to decipher which hemisphere truly dominates and under what circumstances. It was found that across people and situations, the right hemisphere is the more dominant for spatial processing. However, consideration of specific moderator variables yielded a more complex picture. For example, females showed no hemisphere preference while males showed a right hemisphere advantage. Also, no hemisphere preference was indicated for spatial visualization tasks while subjects performing spatial orientation and manual manipulation tasks displayed a predictable right hemisphere preference. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for exiting theoretical positions as well as future empirical research. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
Brain and Cognition
"Cerebral lateralization of spatial abilities: A meta-analysis" (2003). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4096.