Hemispheric Resource Availability Influences Face Perception: A Multiple Resource Approach to Social Perception.
Two experiments tested the hypothesis that social perception recruits distinct limited-capacity processing resources that are distinguished by the cerebral hemispheres. To test this hypothesis, social perception efficiency was assessed after relevant hemispheric processing resources were depleted. In Experiment 1 prime faces were unilaterally presented for 30 ms, after which centrally presented target faces were categorised by sex. In Experiment 2 prime faces were unilaterally presented for 80 ms after which centrally presented target faces were categorised by fame. Results showed that sex categorisation was slower after primes were presented in the right versus left visual field, and that fame categorisation was slower after familiar primes were presented in the left versus right visual field. The results support a multiple resource account of social perception in which the availability of resources distributed across the cerebral hemispheres influences social perception.