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Comparative Vertebrate Lateralization - Lesley J. Rogers

Comparative Vertebrate Lateralization

By: Lesley J. Rogers (Editor), Richard Andrew (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2002
ISBN: 9780521781619
Number Of Pages: 672

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No longer viewed as a characteristic unique to humans, brain lateralization is considered a key property of most, if not all, vertebrates. This field of study provides a firm basis from which to examine a number of important issues in the study of brain and behavior. This is the first book to take a comparative and integrative approach to lateralization in a wide range of vertebrate species, including humans. It highlights model systems that have proved invaluable in elucidating the function, causes, development, and evolution of lateralization. The book is arranged in four parts, beginning with the evolution of lateralization, moving to its development, to its cognitive dimensions, and finally to its role in memory. Experts in lateralization in lower vertebrates, birds, nonprimate mammals, and primates have contributed chapters in which they discuss their own research and consider its implications to humans. The book is suitable for researchers, graduates, and advanced undergraduates in psychology, neuroscience, and the behavioral sciences.

'Andrew & Roger perform an enormous service in bringing data from animal behaviour, neuroanatomy and electrophysiology into contact with traditional zoological concerns such as genetics, embryology and population biology.' Journal of Animal Behaviour 'Whatever the outcome of the war, this book will be a key starting point for those trying to understand it (or perhaps to fight in it).' Annals of Human Biology

Preface
Introduction
Evolution of Lateralization
How ancient is lateralization?
The earliest origins and subsequent evolution of lateralization
The nature of lateralization in tetrapods
Advantages and disadvantages of lateralization
Development of Lateralization
Behavioral development and lateralization
Factors affecting the development of lateralization in chicks
Ontogony of visual lateralization in pigeons
Development of laterality and the role of the corpus callosum in rodents and humans
Posture and laterality in human and nonhuman primates: asymmetries in maternal handling and the infant's early motor asymmetries
Cognition and Lateralization
Evidence of cerebral lateralization from senses other than vision
Facing an obstacle: lateralization of object and spatial cognition
Laterality of communicative behaviors in nonhuman primates: a critical analysis
Specialized processing of primate facial and vocal expressions: evidence for cerebral asymmetries
Lateralization and Memory
Memory and lateralized recall
Memory formation and brain lateralization
Epilogue
Appendix
Index
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ISBN: 9780521781619
ISBN-10: 0521781612
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 25th March 2002
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.66
Weight (kg): 1.37