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Across Hemispheres: Comparing Interhemispheric Transfer Times of Japanese and Americans

Andrew J. Dimond and Aaron Tiesling-Rusch, Beloit College

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v12/dimond.html

Abstract:This study sought to determine whether hemispheric differences in language processing would lead to differences in interhemispheric transfer time (IHTT), the time it takes for information to be transmitted from one hemisphere of the brain to the other, between English speaking Americans and Japanese speakers in Japan. Compared to English, reading and writing Japanese requires more bilateral brain activity, and as a result may impact IHTT in a manner similar to previous findings regarding people that frequently play an instrument. We recruited participants from both the United States and Japan and used a manual response reaction time task to estimate the participants’ IHTT. We found that there was no cross-cultural difference in the IHTT of American and Japanese participants, which indicates the possibility that the results from other IHTT studies, which only used Americans, may be generalizable to other national groups.

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Stroop Effect Differences of Native and Non-Native Japanese Speakers

Aaron Tiesling-Rusch,
Andrew Dimond,
Beloit College

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v11/rusch.html

Abstract: An experiment was carried out to examine the differences in Stroop effect between native Japanese speakers with knowledge of English and English speakers with knowledge of Japanese. Three separate Numeric Stroop tests were administered to participants (N = 38) in different graphemes: Japanese Kanji, Japanese Hiragana, and English Alphabet. There were no significant differences in Stroop effect between the two groups, regardless of what graphemes were used.

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