Hemispheric Specialization for Speech Perception in Six-Year-Old Black and White Children from Low and Middle Socioeconomic Classes

M. F. Dorman, Donna S. Geffner

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Six-year-old black and white Ss from low and middle socioeconomic classes (SEC) were presented a dichotic listening task composed of syllables pairs. All groups evidenced a significant right-ear advantage (REA) at recall. The magnitude of the REA did not differ as a function of race or SEC. This outcome suggests that earlier results which indicated smaller REA's for low SEC Ss, may have been due to a “floor effect” resulting from task difficulty and motivational variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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