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Psychol Sci. 2005 Jan;16(1):15-8.

The left-to-right bias in inhibition of return is due to the direction of reading.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. tspalek@sfu.ca

Abstract

Previous research has shown a left-to-right bias in the inhibition-of-return effect. This bias was found in a sample of English-speaking participants who read in a predominantly left-to-right manner. The goal of the current study was to examine the role that the direction of text reading plays in this bias. The findings replicated the left-to-right bias with an English sample, but showed the opposite bias in an Arabic sample, who read text from right to left. Thus, the regularity of shifting attention in a particular way during text reading seems to be the cause of the bias observed.

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