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Hemispheric Specialization

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Sensory Processes

  1. Colwyn Trevarthen

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010325

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Trevarthen, C. 2011. Hemispheric Specialization. Comprehensive Physiology. 1129–1190.

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Hemispheric Differences in Normal Subjects
    • 1.1
      Perceptual Discrimination and Reaction Time
    • 1.2
      Handedness
  • 2
    Electrical Signs
    • 2.1
      Potentials Evoked by Stimuli
    • 2.2
      Potentials Related to Execution of Movements
    • 2.3
      Asymmetry in the Electroencephalogram
  • 3
    Anatomical Correlates
    • 3.1
      Left Hemisphere Sites and Speech Perception
    • 3.2
      Right Hemisphere Enlargements: Variations With Handedness
    • 3.3
      Anatomical Correlates of Left Hemisphere Deficits
  • 4
    Hemispherectomy and Cerebral Hemiatrophy
    • 4.1
      Hemispherectomy for Tumor
    • 4.2
      Hemispherectomy for Infantile Hemiplegia
  • 5
    Transitory Inactivation of one Hemisphere
    • 5.1
      Unilateral Carotid Injection of Amytal
    • 5.2
      Unilateral Electroconvulsion
  • 6
    Hemisphere Functions Dissociated by Commissurotomy
    • 6.1
      Cognitive and Perceptual Processes Within Both Hemispheres
    • 6.2
      Hemispheric Specialization for Language
    • 6.3
      Superiority of Right Hemisphere for Spatial Constructive Skills
    • 6.4
      Spontaneous Choice of Hemispheric Response Mode: Tests with Stimulus Chimeras
  • 7
    Effects of Left Cerebral Lesions
    • 7.1
      Classic Theories of the Hemispheres
    • 7.2
      Current Ideas on Left Hemisphere Specialization for Language
    • 7.3
      Disorders of Logical Inference
    • 7.4
      Left Hemisphere Systems for Voluntary Motor Coordination and for Perceptual Categorization
  • 8
    Disorders from Lesions of Right Hemisphere
    • 8.1
      Visuoconstructive Disorders
    • 8.2
      Unilateral Neglect of Extracorporeal Space or of Parts of Body
    • 8.3
      Perception of Orientation and Form of Objects
    • 8.4
      Color Perception
    • 8.5
      Loss of Face Recognition: Prosopagnosia
  • 9
    Development of Lateral Asymmetry of Brain Function
  • 10
    Sex Differences in Laterality
  • 11
    Asymmetries in Emotional Expression
  • 12
    Conclusions