Assessing Functional Laterality

  • Jeffrey W. Gray
  • Raymond S. Dean
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


A considerable amount of research evidence suggests that the cerebral hemispheres of the human brain serve independent cognitive functions. Neuropsychological assessments rely upon this concept in making inferences concerning the integrity of the brain. Because individual differences exist in the degree to which functions are lateralized to one hemisphere or the other, most neuropsychological approaches include some measure of laterality. Although this is a rather complex matter with adults, developmental factors complicate the procedure further with children.


Left Hemisphere Hand Preference Lateral Preference Dichotic Listening Hemispheric Specialization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey W. Gray
    • 1
  • Raymond S. Dean
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Neuropsychology LaboratoryBall State UniversityMuncieUSA
  2. 2.University of Indiana School of MedicineMuncieUSA

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