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August 1979

Cerebral Lateralization and Personality Style

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(9):949-954. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780090035004

• Hysterical and obsessive-compulsive style subjects, as determined by a modified Rorschach test and the Wechslar Adult Intelligence Scale Comprehension subtest, were questioned in a face-to-face format where lateral eye movements were surreptitiously observed. Only right-handed subjects were used. It has been argued that lateral eye movements index immediate hemispheric activation after questions—the first such eye movement being in a direction opposite to the putatively activated hemisphere. There was significantly more left-looking among the hysterical subjects than among the obsessive-compulsive style subjects.

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