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The Two Halves of the Brain

Information Processing in the Cerebral Hemispheres


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.

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

About the Editors

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.

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

Table of Contents

  • 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
  • The MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • © 2010
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • This book was set in Stone Serif and Stone Sans by Toppan Best-set Premedia Limited. Printed and bound in the United States of America.
  • Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
  • The two halves of the brain : information processing in the cerebral hemispheres / edited by Kenneth Hugdahl and René Westerhausen.
  • p. cm.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • ISBN 978-0-262-01413-7 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Cerebral dominance. 2. Laterality.  I. Hugdahl, Kenneth. II. Westerhausen, René, 1976–
  • [DNLM: 1. Functional Laterality—physiology. 2. Cerebrum—physiology. 3. Dominance, Cerebral—physiology. WL 335 T974 2010]
  • QP385.5.T86 2010
  • 612.8′25—dc22
  • 2009039297
  • 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Contents
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction and Overview 1
  • Kenneth Hugdahl and René Westerhausen
  • I Genetic and Evolutionary Perspectives on Hemispheric Asymmetry 19
  • 1 Differential Gene Transcription in the Left and Right Cerebral Cortex 21
  • Tao Sun
  • 2 Evolutionary Depth of Human Brain Language Areas 37
  • Patrick J. Gannon
  • 3 Handedness and Cerebral Asymmetry
  • :
  • An Evolutionary Perspective 65
  • Michael C. Corballis
  • II Hemispheric Asymmetry in Nonmammalian Species 89
  • 4 Hemispheric Asymmetry of Songbirds 91
  • Isabelle George
  • 5 The Embryonic Development of Visual Asymmetry in the Pigeon 121
  • Onur Güntürkün and Martina Manns
  • III Neuroimaging and Hemispheric Asymmetry 143
  • 6 Structural Indices of Asymmetry 145
  • Katrin Amunts
  • 7 Asymmetry of White Matter Pathways 177
  • Marco Catani, Stephanie Forkel, and Michel Thiebaut de Schotten
  • 8 Electroencephalographic and Magnetoencephalographic Indices of Hemispheric Asymmetry 211
  • Alfredo Brancucci
  • IV Hormones, Sex Differences, and Sleep Asymmetry 251
  • 9 Sex Hormonal Effects on Hemispheric Asymmetry and Interhemispheric Interaction 253
  • Markus Hausmann and Ulrike Bayer
  • 10 Sex Differences in Handedness, Brain Asymmetry, and Language Lateralization 287
  • Iris E. C. Sommer
  • 11 Laterality and Sleep 313
  • Maria Casagrande
  • V Asymmetry of Perception 347
  • 12 Auditory Laterality
  • :
  • Recent Findings in Speech Perception 349
  • Patricia E. Cowell
  • 13 Processing Asymmetries in the Visual System 379
  • Joseph B. Hellige, Bruno Laeng, and Chikashi Michimata
  • 14 Integrating Auditory and Visual Asymmetry 417
  • Heikki Hämäläinen and Fiia Takio
  • VI Asymmetry of Cognition 439
  • 15 A Unified Structural-Attentional Framework for Dichotic Listening 441
  • Stefan Pollmann
  • 16 Cognitive Control of Auditory Laterality 469
  • René Westerhausen and Kenneth Hugdahl
  • 17 Hemispheric Asymmetry of Memory 499
  • Grégoria Kalpouzos
  • and Lars Nyberg
  • VII Asymmetry in Neurological and Pediatric Disorders 531
  • 18 Visuospatial Function and the Neglect Syndrome 533
  • Victoria Singh-Curry and Masud Husain
  • 19 Hemispheric Asymmetry in Pediatric Developmental Disorders
  • :
  • Autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Dyslexia 561
  • Deborah W. Moncrieff
  • VIII Asymmetry in Schizophrenia and Psychosis 603
  • 20 Lateral Differences in the Default Mode Network in Schizophrenia 605
  • Nathan Swanson, Tom Eichele, Godfrey Pearlson, and Vince D. Calhoun
  • 21 The Origins of Psychosis and the Evolution of Language
  • :
  • Cerebral Asymmetry, Sex Chromosomes, and Speciation 621
  • Timothy J. Crow
  • Contributors 663
  • Index 665


“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, PsycCRITIQUES


“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