In research aimed at establishing why individuals display a tendency to allocate attention unequally across space, people were blindfolded and asked to walk in a straight line across a room towards a previously seen target.

The researchers found evidence that blindfolded individuals who displayed inhibition or anxiety were prone to walk to the left, indicating greater activation in the right hemisphere of the brain.

The research, published in the journal Cognition, indicates that the brain's two hemispheres are associated with different motivational systems.

These relate on the right side to inhibition and on the left to approach.

The findings may have implications for the treatment of unilateral neglect, which is a condition caused by a lack of awareness of one side of space.

In particular, individuals suffering from right-sided neglect may benefit from interventions to reduce anxiety.


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