Global-local interference modulated by communication between the hemispheres. Journal Article uri icon



  • Three experiments examined whether interhemispheric interaction modulates selective attention in a same-different version of D. Navon's (1977) global-local paradigm. In Experiments 1 and 2, interhemispheric interaction reduced interstimulus interference produced when two stimuli matched at a preassigned level (e.g., local) but differed at the irrelevant level (e.g., global). This effect was greater for stimuli made of a few large elements than for those made of many small elements. Experiment 3 demonstrated that (a) the ability of interhemispheric interaction to reduce interstimulus interference is not constrained by hemispheric differences for global and local processing and (b) interhemispheric interaction does not strongly modulate intrastimulus interference produced when the forms at the preassigned (e.g., local) and irrelevant (e.g., global) levels differ within an individual stimulus. These findings indicate that interaction between the hemispheres is a neural mechanism that may aid selective attention.

publication date

  • September 1, 1999

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  • Weissman DH; Banich MT

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