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The Asymmetrical Brain : A Bradford Book - Kenneth Hugdahl

The Asymmetrical Brain

A Bradford Book

By: Kenneth Hugdahl (Editor), Richard J. Davidson (Editor)

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The folk belief that the left brain hemisphere is dominant for language and the right for visuospatial functions is incomplete and even misleading. Research shows that asymmetries exist at all levels of the nervous system and apply to emotional as well as to higher cognitive processes. Going beyond the authors' previous book, Brain Asymmetry, this book reflects the most recent thinking on functional asymmetries and their structural correlates in brain anatomy. It emphasizes research using new neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). It also considers clinical applications of asymmetry research. The book contains sections on animal models and basic functions, neuroimaging and brain stimulation studies, visual laterality, auditory laterality, emotional laterality, neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders.

"In The Asymmetrical Brain, leading experts from around the world provide a cutting-edge discussion of one of the most intriguing puzzles in cognitive neuroscience: the manner in which unity of thought and action emerges from a brain with two specialized cortical hemispheres. Coverage is outstanding, both deep and broad, and deals with the many facets of this hemispheric asymmetry: functional hemispheric differences in humans and other species, structural and biological differences that give rise to functional specialization, collaboration between the brain hemispheres, and the implications for neurological and psychiatric disorders. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a scholarly overview of contemporary theory and data on this important topic."--Joseph Hellige, Professor of Psychology, University of Southern CaliforniaPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote, which wasn't noted the first time around. Thanks! "Though billed as a revision of 'Brain Asymmetry,' this is really an entirely new volume. The diversity of the contributions reflects not only the tremendous growth of the field, but the necessity of synthesizing information from such a wide range of research areas. Topics range from asymmetries in avian visual systems to depression, schizophrenia and reading disorders. Several chapters deal with the application of the new methods of cognitive neuroscience to the study of brain asymmetry. These chapters extend the range of the book even further, since they really amount to tutorials in these techniques, and have application beyond the study of brain asymmetry. While the previous edition remains a useful resource, this updated version is sure to be an equally valuable addition."--Paul Corballis, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Prefacep. ix
Animal Models/Basic Functionsp. 1
Hemispheric Asymmetry in the Visual System of Birdsp. 3
A Hippocampal Theory of Cerebral Lateralizationp. 37
Stress and Coping: Asymmetry of Dopamine Efferents within the Prefrontal Cortexp. 69
The Nature and Determinants of Handednessp. 105
Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation Studiesp. 159
Characterizing Functional Asymmetries with Brain Mappingp. 161
Anatomical Brain Asymmetries and Their Relevance for Functional Asymmetriesp. 187
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Studies of Asymmetry of Cognitive Functions in the Brainp. 231
Visual Lateralityp. 259
Interaction between the Hemispheres and Its Implications for the Processing Capacity of the Brainp. 261
Asymmetries in Encoding Spatial Relationsp. 303
Complexities of Interhemispheric Communication in Sensorimotor Tasks Revealed by High-Density Event-Related Potential Mappingp. 341
Auditory Lateralityp. 409
Hemispheric Asymmetries in the Processing of Tonal Stimulip. 411
Dichotic Listening in the Study of Auditory Lateralityp. 441
Effects of Attention on Hemispheric Asymmetryp. 477
Emotional Lateralityp. 509
The Functional Neuroimaging of Human Emotion: Asymmetric Contributions of Cortical and Subcortical Circuitryp. 511
Regional Brain Activity in Anxiety and Depression, Cognition/Emotion Interaction, and Emotion Regulationp. 533
The State and Trait Nature of Frontal EEG Asymmetry in Emotionp. 565
Neurological Disordersp. 617
Agenesis of the Corpus Callosump. 619
Developmental Disorders: Dyslexiap. 651
Structural Correlates of Brain Asymmetry: Studies in Left-Handed and Dyslexic Individualsp. 681
Psychiatric Disordersp. 717
Frontal and Parietotemporal Asymmetries in Depressive Disorders: Behavioral, Electrophysiologic, and Neuroimaging Findingsp. 719
The Laterality of Schizophreniap. 743
Contributorsp. 773
Author Indexp. 777
Subject Indexp. 793
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ISBN: 9780262582544
ISBN-10: 0262582546
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 810
Published: 20th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.32