The impact of space and time on perception

19 April, 2021

In the scope of project 376/14 - Lateralisation of cognitive functions in the brain: Typical vs. atypical patterns, supported by the BIAL Foundation, Deborah J. Serrien e Michiel Spapé published the paper Space, time and number: common coding mechanisms and interactions between domains in the journal Psychological Research.

 Space, time and number are key dimensions that underlie how we perceive, identify and act within the environment. They are interconnected in our behaviour and brain. In this study, we examined interdependencies between these dimensions. To this end, left- and right-handed participants performed an object collision task that required space–time processing and arithmetic tests that involved number processing. Handedness of the participants influenced collision detection with left-handers being more accurate than right-handers, which is in line with the premise that hand preference guides individual differences as a result of sensorimotor experiences and distinct interhemispheric integration patterns. The data further showed that successful collision detection was a predictor for arithmetic achievement, at least in right-handers. These findings suggest that handedness plays a mediating role in binding information processing across domains, likely due to selective connectivity properties within the sensorimotor system that is guided by hemispheric lateralisation patterns.”