Personally familiar proper names are relatively successfully processed in the human right hemisphere; or, the missing link

Diana Van Lancker, Clark Ohnesorge

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Responding to our abstract in Brain and Language (Ohnesorge & Van Lancker, 1999), which proposed that famous proper nouns are successfully processed in both cerebral hemispheres, Schweinberger, Landgrebe, Mohr, and Kaufmann (2001) claimed that the "link" between personal names and the right hemisphere is "illusory." Ohnesorge and Van Lancker (2001) further described six experimental studies in which LVF/RH recognition of famous proper nouns was influenced by task conditions and stimulus familiarity. Here presenting two more experiments performed to explore the refutation presented by Schweinberger et al., this article confirms an ability of the right hemisphere to recognize famous proper nouns and explains why appropriate stimulus development and task conditions are essential in furthering our understanding of the role of the right hemisphere in processing personal relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002



  • Hemispheric specialization
  • Lexical processing
  • Personal relevance
  • Proper nouns
  • Split visual fields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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