Fifty years of dichotic listening research – Still going and going and…

Research Area: Research Year: 2011
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Dichotic listening; Auditory laterality; Hemispheric asymmetry; Reliability; Validity; Attention; Executive function
Authors: Hugdahl, Kenneth
This year celebrates 50 years of research in auditory laterality and hemispheric asymmetry, using a dichotic listening approach. The discovery of the “right ear advantage” in 1961 by Doreen Kimura to dichotic presentations of phonetic stimuli paved the way for new studies of how speech perception and related language processes are lateralized in the human brain. The articles in this special issue, celebrating the first 50 years of dichotic listening research, reveal both the breadth and depth of current research, with contributions spanning from basic research to clinical applications, from behavioral studies to studies using advanced neuroimaging techniques, and with contributions from all over the world. It is my hope as Guest Editor that the next 50 years will be as productive as the first 50 years.
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