Differences in naming accuracy of odors presented to the left and right nostrils

Judi Homewood*, Richard J. Stevenson

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    Abstract

    Two interlinked areas of debate within psychology are the existence of hemispheric specialization for olfactory processing and whether odors are processed primarily as perceptual codes or as a set of semantic features. This study compared accuracy in naming and judgments of familiarity by right handed subjects to common odors that were presented to the left or right nostrils. There was significantly better production of the correct name of the odor after left side presentation, than after right. Familiarity ratings were identical.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)65-73
    Number of pages9
    JournalBiological Psychology
    Volume58
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2001

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