Left hand advantage in a self-face recognition task

Neuropsychologia. 1999 Nov;37(12):1421-5. doi: 10.1016/s0028-3932(99)00025-1.


Subjects were exposed to pictures of self and others (e.g., friend, stranger, and famous people) to determine if there was an advantage in reaction time and accuracy in identifying the self. It was found that upright and inverted self-faces were identified more rapidly than non-self faces when subjects responded with their left hand, which in other tasks has corresponded with contralateral hemispheric dominance. These data suggest that self-recognition may be correlated with neural activity in the right hemisphere, and that the differences observed may not be unique to self-face recognition. These results are in agreement with previous research indicating that self-directed awareness is correlated with right prefrontal activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology
  • Ego
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Visual Perception / physiology*