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Evidence from brain injured patients as well as psychiatric patients suggests that depression may be associated with dysfunction of the right hemisphere of the brain. Little research in this area, however, has been accomplished with subclinically depressed populations. In the present study, hemispheric functioning was assessed by two methods: lateral eye movement direction and bilateral skin conductance asymmetry. The validity of each of these measures as an indicator of lateralized hemispheric functioning was tested by observing the within-subject correspondence of the two measures during the experimental task, which was administered to two types of subclinically depressed subjects and a group of non-depressed subjects. Differences in hemispheric functioning between sexes as well as between non-depressed and depressed groups were measured.