Reading habits affect asymmetries in facial affect judgments: A replication Academic Article uri icon


  • Right- and left-handed native readers of scripts with opposing directionality were tested on a facial affect judgment task in free vision. Faces with smiles in viewers' left visual field were judged happier predominantly by (right-handed) readers of the left-to-right script (Hindi) whereas a right field preference was observed among the right-to-left readers (Urdu) and among the left-handers; no preference characterized illiterate controls. These findings replicate Vaid and Singh (1989) and indicate that reading habits may influence performance even on ostensibly nonlinguistic tasks thought to measure right hemispheric functioning.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sakhuja, T., Gupta, G. C., Singh, M., & Vaid, J.

complete list of authors

  • Sakhuja, T||Gupta, GC||Singh, M||Vaid, J

publication date

  • December 1996