Attending to local form while ignoring, global aspects depends on handedness: evidence from TMS

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Our perceptions of the whole and of the parts of a visual stimulus are mediated by different brain regions. We used low-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation (tMS) to show for the first time that opposite, homologous regions in the two hemispheres are involved in attending to local parts for leftand right-handed individuals. The brain regions that focus on the 'trees' while ignoring the 'forest' are switched as a function of handedness.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-277
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005

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