Dichotic listening in schizotypal personality disorder: evidence for gender and laterality effects

Voglmaier MM, Seidman LJ, Niznikiewicz MA, Madan A, Dickey CC, Shenton ME, McCarley RW

Schizophr. Res. 2009 Dec;115(2-3):290-2

PMID: 19464150


Verbal dichotic listening performance was examined in 42 right-handed men and women with DSM-IV-defined schizotypal personality disorder (SPD) and 68 right-handed controls. As expected, both male and female control groups showed a right ear advantage on a verbal dichotic listening task. Although SPD subjects in general had lower accuracy scores than comparison subjects, only male SPD subjects showed an abnormal left ear advantage that was specifically due to deficient right ear performance. The results suggest that left hemisphere temporal lobe structures may be particularly involved in male, but not female, SPD.