Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Right-Hemisphere Processing

  • Margaret Lehman BlakeEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9020


Right hemisphere processing is generally characterized as “holistic” and “integrative” and has substantial roles in a variety of cognitive and communication processes. As a result, damage to the right hemisphere can cause disorders of cognition, including attention, organization, problem solving, reasoning, and awareness. Communication disorders associated with right hemisphere damage (RHD) are varied and present heterogeneously across patients, but tend to impact pragmatics. Deficits can include expression and comprehension of prosody and emotions, organization and efficiency of communication, and interpretation of intended meanings.

Historical Background

The right cerebral hemisphere received the label “nondominant hemisphere” because of its apparent lack of involvement in language processing compared to the language-rich left hemisphere. However, it is now well known that the right hemisphere plays a critical role in a number of diverse cognitive and communication...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication Sciences and DisordersUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA