Form-specific visual priming in the left and right hemispheres

Neal E A Kroll, David A. Rocha, Andrew P. Yonelinas, Kathleen Baynes, Christina Frederick

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Word fragment completion performance was examined for items that were presented in the same or different letter case at study and test. During the study phase words and nonwords were presented at central fixation, then during the test phase a divided visual field technique was used in which word fragments were presented briefly to the right hemisphere (left visual field) or the left hemisphere (right visual field). Previous research using the word stem completion task indicated that only the right hemisphere was sensitive to case changes in words from study to test. In contrast, the current results indicate that in the fragment completion task the priming effects for the test items presented to either hemisphere were greater when the fragments were in the same compared to different letter case at study and test. These results indicate that both hemispheres are capable of supporting form-specific visual implicit memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Form specificity
  • Implicit memory
  • Lateralization
  • Visual priming
  • Word fragment completion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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