The Two Halves of the Brain

The Two Halves of the Brain

Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres

Edited by Kenneth Hugdahl and René Westerhausen

State-of-the-art research on brain asymmetry, explained from molecular to clinical levels.





State-of-the-art research on brain asymmetry, explained from molecular to clinical levels.

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 explore applications to new areas, new measuring techniques, and new theoretical approaches. This volume 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 clinical, leading researchers address such topics as the evolution and genetics of brain asymmetry; animal models; findings from structural and functional neuroimaging techniques and research; sex differences and hormonal effects; sleep asymmetry; cognitive asymmetry in visual and auditory perception; and auditory laterality and speech perception, memory, and asymmetry in the context of developmental, neurological, and psychiatric disorders.

Contributors Katrin Amunts, Ulrike Bayer, Alfredo Brancucci, Vince D. Calhoun, Maria Casagrande, Marco Catani, Michael C. Corballis, Patricia E. Cowell, Timothy J. Crow, Tom Eichele, Stephanie Forkel, Patrick J. Gannon, Isabelle George, Onur Güntürkün, Heikki Hämäläinen, Markus Hausmann, Joseph B. Hellige, Kenneth Hugdahl, Masud Husain, Grégoria Kalpouzos, Bruno Laeng, Martina Manns, Chikashi Michimata, Deborah W. Moncrieff, Lars Nyberg, Godfrey Pearlson, Stefan Pollmann, Victoria Singh-Curry, Iris E.C. Sommer, Tao Sun, Nathan Swanson, Fiia Takio, Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, René Westerhausen


$80.00 X ISBN: 9780262014137 704 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 11 color illus., 85 b&w illus., 8 tables


Kenneth Hugdahl

Kenneth Hugdahl is Professor of Biological and Medical Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is coeditor of Brain Asymmetry and The Asymmetrical Brain (2002), both published by the MIT Press.

René Westerhausen

Rene Westerhausen is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology at the University of Bergen.


  • It is not often that one finds an academic textbook that is timely, cutting edge, and well integrated. This new text on hemispheric lateralization ranges from genetic studies of differential hemispheric expression of proteins in the brain to evolutionary theories of speciation. It could easily be used as a graduate textbook for an advanced-level cognitive neuroscience course of hemispheric lateralization.

    Simon M. McCrea



  • If you have any interest at all in the current state of research on cerebral lateralization, this is the book for you it's one-stop shopping for both the background and the most current, cutting-edge findings and theories. The authors and editors have done a superb job of presenting virtually anything a student, teacher, or researcher would want to know about the topic.

    Stephen M. Kosslyn

    Dean of Social Science and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

  • This is a truly comprehensive book on the fascinating topic of structural and functional asymmetry. Its approach ranges from an evolutionary perspective to pediatric disorders, and a number of neurobiological methods are included. It should be the first choice for any student or scholar interested in the lateralization of the brain.

    Arthur Toga

    Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA School of Medicine