Hemispheric Specialization, Handedness, and Laterality

  • William H. Gaddes


Until recently it was thought, perhaps somewhat simplistically, that a right-handed person was necessarily left-hemisphere dominant for language, and similarly a left-handed person was right-hemisphere dominant for language. Now it is known, from neuropsychological researches over the last 30 years, that this is not so and that the whole question of the relation between handedness and hemispheric specialization is highly complex and variable within certain limits. However, before we examine the relationship between cerebral function and handedness, let us look at these two behavioral processes separately.


Left Hemisphere Dichotic Listening Hemispheric Specialization Cerebral Dominance Language Dominance 
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Some References on Handedness Examinations and Inventories

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Footedness Laterality

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Gaddes
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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