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Neuropsychology. 2002 Jan;16(1):56-64.

Dichotic listening in patients with splenial and nonsplenial callosal lesions.

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  • 1Day Clinic of Cognitive Neurology, University of Leipzig and Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Germany.


The authors found splenial lesions to be associated with left ear suppression in dichotic listening of consonant-vowel syllables. This was found in both a rapid presentation dichotic monitoring task and a standard dichotic listening task, ruling out attentional limitations in the processing of high stimulus loads as a confounding factor. Moreover, directed attention to the left ear did not improve left ear target detection in the patients, independent of callosal lesion location. The authors' data may indicate that auditory callosal fibers pass through the splenium more posterior than previously thought. However, further studies should investigate whether callosal fibers between primary and secondary auditory cortices, or between higher level multimodal cortices, are vital for the detection of left ear targets in dichotic listening.

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