Anatomical left-right asymmetry of language-related temporal cortex is different in left- and right-handers



Asymmetry of the planum temporale, a language-related intrasylvian area on the superior temporal gyrus, is the most remarkable anatomical left-right asymmetry of the human brain. The in vivo application of magnetic resonance morphometry in 52 healthy volunteers (26 dextrals and 26 sinistrals) revealed that planum temporale asymmetry than right-handers. Thus, a structural-functional relation exists in cerebral asymmetry. The correlation is likely to reflect language representation. Because familial sinistrality influenced the anatomical pattern in left-handers and planum temporale asymmetry is already present in the newborn, prenatal factors must play an important role in the development of functional laterality.