Research on clinical populations and studies of normal individuals support the conclusion that there are functional differences between the cerebral hemispheres. This book captures some of the major developments in the field of cerebral laterality research of the last five years. These include lateralization in non-human primates, computational models of hemispheric processing, hemispheric transfer and interaction, perceptual asymmetries, techniques to measure dynamic changes in hemispheric processing of information, and new conceptualizations of the relation between handedness and cerebral laterality. The topics discussed exhibit an interconnectedness such that the approaches and techniques used in one area of cerebral laterality research have implications for research in other disciplines. They also reflect changes in the conceptualization of general theoretical issues regarding cerebral laterality research.
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Contents: Preface. J.P. Ward, Prosimians as Animal Models in the Study of Neural Lateralization. C.R. Hamilton, B.A. Vermire, Functional Lateralization in Monkeys. M.P. Bryden, R.E. Steenhuis, Issues in the Assessment of Handedness. W.F. McKeever, Handedness, Language Laterality, and Spatial Ability. D.L. Molfese, L.M. Burger-Judisch, Dynamic Temporal-Spatial Allocation of Resources in the Human Brain: An Alternative to the Static View of Hemisphere Differences. F.B. Wood, D.L. Flowers, C.E. Naylor, Cerebral Laterality in Functional Neuroimaging. J.B. Hellige, Cerebral Laterality and Metacontrol. C. Hardyck, Shadow and Substance: Attentional Irrelevancies and Perceptual Constraints in Hemispheric Processing of Language Stimuli. M.H. Van Kleeck, S.M. Kosslyn, The Use of Computer Models in the Study of Cerebral Lateralization. J. Sergent, M.C. Corballis, Ups and Downs in Cerebral Lateralization. F.L. Kitterle, S. Christman, Hemispheric Symmetries and Asymmetries in the Processing of Spatial Frequencies.
"Laterality research has outgrown the early facile enthusiasms. It is gratifying to see how well it is being pursued in the long haul."