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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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My Dinner with Mike

My Dinner with Mike

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(p.111) 8 My Dinner with Mike
Source:
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind
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Michael B. Miller

Scott A. Guerin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.003.0082

This chapter explores whether the disconnection of hemispheres had any impact on the mind. When each of the disconnected hemispheres analyzed in isolation led to the discovery of the classic “disconnection” syndrome, it was discovered that information to a single hemisphere was inaccessible to the other hemisphere. The left hemisphere had all the language and problem-solving abilities, whereas the right was aphasic and mentally impoverished, although it had some specializations of its own. It was also noted that the surgical operation of the forebrain did not affect the temperament or intellect of the split-brain patients, and that they had a normal mental life after the operation.

Keywords:   hemispheres, disconnection, language skills, left hemisphere, right hemisphere, split-brain patients

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