Left hand advantage in a self-face recognition task

Julian Paul Keenan, Bruce McCutcheon, Stefanie Freund, Gordon G. Gallup, Glenn Sanders, Alvaro Pascual-Leone

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Subjects were exposed to pictures of self and others (e.g., friend, stranger, and famous people) to determine if there was an advantage in reaction time and accuracy in identifying the self. It was found that upright and inverted self-faces were identified more rapidly than non-self faces when subjects responded with their left hand, which in other tasks has corresponded with contralateral hemispheric dominance. These data suggest that self-recognition may be correlated with neural activity in the right hemisphere, and that the differences observed may not be unique to self-face recognition. These results are in agreement with previous research indicating that self-directed awareness is correlated with right prefrontal activity. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1421-1425
Number of pages5
Issue number12
StatePublished - Nov 1999


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