Human Laterality

Human Laterality

1st Edition - September 1, 1983

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  • Author: Michael Corballis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158466

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Human Laterality presents the main facts of human laterality as they are known. Drawing on evidence from normal, intact human beings and neurological patients, along with material on asymmetries in other species, this book traces the development of laterality, its evolution, and inheritance. This text also reviews the literature on the relation between laterality and developmental disorders of speech and language, including dyslexia, stuttering, and dysphasia. This book is organized into nine chapters and begins with an overview of the development of knowledge and ideas about laterality over the course of history. This text gives an account of the myths that abound regarding handedness, including the association of right with male and left with female, with the goal of demythologizing human laterality. It argues that there is a common basis to both handedness and cerebral lateralization, and indeed to other manifestations of human laterality such as eyedness and footedness, and that lateralization is fundamentally biological rather than sociocultural. Human laterality is also seen as an innate disposition rather than a matter of learning or imitation. In the final chapter, this book speculates about the possible origins of laterality in the fundamental asymmetries of living molecules and of particle physics. This book is essential reading for biologists and researchers interested in the human anatomy.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Laterality and Myth

    Handedness and Myth

    Cerebral Asymmetry and Myth

    New Myths for Old?

    2 Human Handedness

    The Measurement of Handedness

    Right-Handedness: Biological or Cultural?



    3 Functional Asymmetry of the Human Drain

    Lateralized Representation of Language

    Left-Hemispheric Specialization for Nonverbal Functions

    Right-Hemispheric Specialization


    4 Relations between Handedness and Cerebral Lateralization

    Historical Background

    Sodium Amytal Test

    Electroconvulsive Therapy Studies

    Effects of Unilateral Lesions

    Anatomical Asymmetries

    Perceptual Asymmetries in Normal Subjects

    Summary and Interpretation

    5 Development of Laterality

    Neonatal Reflexes


    Cerebral Lateralization

    Theoretical Overview

    6 Evolution of Laterality

    Empirical Findings

    Theoretical Review


    7 Inheritance of Laterality

    Biological Background

    Genetic Models of Laterality


    8 Congenital Disorders of Speech and Language

    Developmental Dyslexia


    Developmental Dysphasia


    9 Overview


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: September 1, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158466

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Michael Corballis

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