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The Two Halves of the Brain: Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres

Kenneth Hugdahl and Rene Westerhausen


Hemispheric asymmetry is one of the basic aspects of perception and cognitive processing. The different functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain have been studied with renewed interest in recent years, as scholars have explored applications to new areas, new measuring techniques, and new theoretical approaches. This book provides a comprehensive view of the latest research in brain asymmetry, offering not only recent empirical and clinical findings but also a coherent theoretical approach to the subject. In chapters that report on the field at levels from the molecular to the c ... More

Keywords: hemispheric asymmetry, perception, cognitive processing, brain asymmetry, evolution, genetics, animal models, functional neuroimaging techniques, sex differences, hormonal effects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014137
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Hugdahl, editor

Rene Westerhausen, editor

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Front Matter

Introduction and Overview

Kenneth Hugdahl, and René Westerhausen

I Genetic and Evolutionary Perspectives on Hemispheric Asymmetry

II Hemispheric Asymmetry in Nonmammalian Species

III Neuroimaging and Hemispheric Asymmetry

7 Asymmetry of White Matter Pathways

Marco Catani, Stephanie Forkel, and Michel Thiebaut de Schotten

IV Hormones, Sex Differences, and Sleep Asymmetry

11 Laterality and Sleep

Maria Casagrande

V Asymmetry of Perception

13 Processing Asymmetries in the Visual System

Joseph B. Hellige, Bruno Laeng, and Chikashi Michimata

14 Integrating Auditory and Visual Asymmetry

Heikki Hämäläinen, and Fiia Takio

VI Asymmetry of Cognition

16 Cognitive Control of Auditory Laterality

René Westerhausen, and Kenneth Hugdahl

17 Hemispheric Asymmetry of Memory

Grégoria Kalpouzos, and Lars Nyberg

VII Asymmetry in Neurological and Pediatric Disorders

18 Visuospatial Function and the Neglect Syndrome

Victoria Singh-Curry, and Masud Husain

VIII Asymmetry in Schizophrenia and Psychosis

20 Lateral Differences in the Default Mode Network in Schizophrenia

Nathan Swanson, Tom Eichele, Godfrey Pearlson, and Vince D. Calhoun