The dominant eye

Clare Porac, Stanley Coren

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Reviews literature on the dominant eye, including sections on definition, patterns of ocular dominance, generalized laterality, perceptual processing, and the basic mechanism and plasticity. The dominant eye has often been defined as the eye whose input is favored in behavioral coordinations in which only one eye can be used, the eye preferred when monocular views are discrepant, or the eye manifesting physiological or refractive superiority. Although its functional significance has not yet been ascertained, patterns of ocular dominance have been shown to be related to a large number of perceptual, performance, and clinical phenomena. The nature of these relationships has remained obscure due to the variety of alternative tests for and theoretical definitions of eye dominance. (4 p ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-897
Number of pages18
JournalPsychological Bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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