Right-lateralized alpha desynchronization during regularity discrimination: Hemispheric specialization or directed spatial attention?

Damien Wright*, Alexis D.J. Makin, Marco Bertamini

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Abstract

When actively classifying abstract patterns according to their regularity, alpha desynchronization (ERD) becomes right lateralized over posterior brain areas. This could reflect temporary enhancement of contralateral visual inputs and specifically a shift of attention to the left, or right hemisphere specialization for regularity discrimination. This study tested these competing hypotheses. Twenty-four participants discriminated between dot patterns containing a reflection or a translation. The direction of the transformation, which matched one half onto the other half, was either vertical or horizontal. The strategy of shifting attention to one side of the patterns would not produce lateralized ERD in the horizontal condition. However, right-lateralized ERD was found in all conditions, regardless of orientation. We conclude that right hemisphere networks that incorporate the early posterior regions are specialized for regularity discrimination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-647
Number of pages10
JournalPsychophysiology
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • Alpha
  • Event-related desynchronization
  • Lateralization
  • Sustained posterior negativity
  • Symmetry

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