A deficit in right-hemisphere performance after induction of a depressed mood

Marie T. Banich, Neal Stolar, Wendy Heller, Rona B. Goldman

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The present experiment investigated hemispheric processing in 59 normal subjects who were induced, using a combination of imagery and music, into either a depressed or neutral mood. The induction procedures increased sadness and decreased happiness for subjects in the depressed, but not the neutral mood condition. On a digit-matching task subjects induced into a depressed mood exhibited poorer performance than subjects induced into a neutral mood on right- but not left-hemisphere trials. Furthermore, the pattern of results obtained make it unlikely that the deficits observed on right-hemisphere trials are a consequence of an attentional bias toward material in right hemispace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalNeuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992


  • Cerebral asymmetry
  • Depression
  • Laterality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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