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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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The Interpreting Hemispheres

The Interpreting Hemispheres

(p.73) 5 The Interpreting Hemispheres
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind

Margaret G. Funnell

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the differences between the left and right hemispheres in visuospatial processing. Compared with the left hemisphere, which is capable of sophisticated visual processing such as reading, the right hemisphere has a greater ability to execute various visuospatial tasks, simple perceptual discriminations, and temporal discrimination. The left hemisphere has the linguistic ability, whereas the right fails in semantic abilities, despite having a lexicon and the ability to make semantic judgments about words. Studies reveal that the interpretive capacity of each of the hemispheres is not the same. Compared with the left hemisphere, the right has been found to contribute little to learning relational-category tasks based on auditory feedback with no explicit instructions.

Keywords:   visuospatial processing, left hemisphere, right hemisphere, visuospatial tasks, lexicon, semantic judgments

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