The effect of lateral visual fixation on response latency to verbal and spatial questions
Walker, E.; Wade, S.; Waldman, I.
Brain and Cognition 1(4): 399-404
ISSN/ISBN: 0278-2626 PMID: 6927572 DOI: 10.1016/0278-2626(82)90024-0
The results of several studies have suggested a relationship between lateral eye movements and contralateral hemispheric activation or ipsilateral inhibition. The present study investigated the effects of lateral and central eye fixation on response latency to verbal and spatial questions. Response latencies for verbal questions were significantly longer when subjects fixated to the left or centrally, as compared to the right. On spatial questions, response latencies were significantly longer in the right fixation condition than in the other conditions. The results indicate that visual fixation ipsilateral to hemispheric activation is related to slower problem solving, and suggest that eye movements during cognitive activity may have functional significance.