Lateral Biases in the Eriksen Flanker Task
(2013) Lateral Biases in the Eriksen Flanker Task, no. 43.
Pseudoneglect refers to the phenomenon of a bias towards the left side of space during visuospatial tasks. Items on the left appear more salient than those on the right resulting in more attention being afforded to the left. The current paper reports an experiment where a flanker task was used to determine the influence of stimuli in the left and right visuospatial fields. Participants detected the direction of a centrally presented arrow pointing left or right that was flanked by a congruent (same) arrow on one side and an incongruent (opposite) arrow on the other side. It was hypothesised that the left sided flanker arrow would influence the speed and accuracy of the central target detection. The results showed an opposite effect to this, no pseudoneglect effect was found. The reasoning and implications of this study are discussed with guidance for future research.