14. Lateralization of Cognitive Functions in Fish

  1. Culum Brown2,
  2. Kevin Laland3 and
  3. Jens Krause4,5
  1. Angelo Bisazza1 and
  2. Culum Brown2

Published Online: 5 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342536.ch14

Fish Cognition and Behavior

Fish Cognition and Behavior

How to Cite

Bisazza, A. and Brown, C. (2011) Lateralization of Cognitive Functions in Fish, in Fish Cognition and Behavior (eds C. Brown, K. Laland and J. Krause), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342536.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia

  2. 3

    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TS, Scotland, UK

  3. 4

    Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

  4. 5

    Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Comparative Psychology Research Group, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

  2. 2

    Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 JUL 2011

Book Series:

  1. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Tony J. Pitcher

Series Editor Information

  1. Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Canada

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332216

Online ISBN: 9781444342536



  • lateralization of cognitive functions in fish;
  • symmetric control of cognitive functions - cerebral lateralization;
  • cerebral lateralization, consequences - in everyday behavior (“behavioral lateralization” or “laterality”);
  • lateralized functions in fish, and laterality of ray-finned fishes - behavioral effects of lateralization;
  • fast escape response, most teleost - performing a fast-start escape response;
  • foraging behavior - fossil records and lateralization of predation, ancient phenomenon;
  • homing and spatial abilities – fishes, sensory systems in environment;
  • genetics of lateralization in mammals - causes of differences, far from being understood;
  • environmental factors - influencing development of lateralization;
  • laterality, pervasive trait in fish behavior - shaping everything, personality traits to aggression and navigation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Lateralized functions in fish

  • Individual differences in lateralization

  • Ecological consequences of lateralization of cognitive functions

  • Summary and future research

  • Acknowledgements

  • References