Directional scanning effect and strength of reading habit in picture naming and recall Academic Article uri icon


  • The present research examined directional scanning effects (DSE) as a function of reading habit strength among right handers. A picture array naming and recall task was administered to three groups of child readers - unidirectional right-to-left readers of Arabic, unidirectional left-to-right readers of Kannada, and bidirectional readers of Urdu and English - and one group of Urdu illiterate adults. The results showed a right-to-left DSE in the Arabic and Urdu readers, In the latter group the strength of the scanning effect decreased with greater schooling in English. No R-L effect was observed in the Kannada readers or in the Urdu illiterates. These results extend prior research in documenting an "invasion" of culturally acquired reading scan habits onto a nonlinguistic domain. It is suggested that directional scanning effects be controlled or else directly examined in future laterality research involving nonlinguistic stimuli. 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

published proceedings

  • Brain and Cognition

author list (cited authors)

  • Padakannaya, P., Devi, M. L., Zaveria, B., Chengappa, S. K., & Vaid, J.

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Padakannaya, Prakash||Devi, ML||Zaveria, B||Chengappa, SK||Vaid, Jyotsna

publication date

  • April 2002