Side Bias: A Neuropsychological Perspective

Side Bias: A Neuropsychological Perspective

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`Rather than being an esoteric aspect of brain function, lateralization is a fundamental characteristic of the vertebrate brain essential to a broad range of neural and behavioral processes.' Professor Lesley J. Rogers, Chapter 1 of Side Bias: A Neuropsychological Perspective. This volume contains 14 chapters from a veritable `United Nations' of experts in the field of lateralization of function. They write comprehensive reviews, present data, and pose new questions concerning the evolutionary origins and development of side bias, methodological concerns with the way we measure handedness and footedness, and some more unusual aspects of human beings' lateralized behavior, such as asymmetrical cradling and pseudoneglect. The book will be essential reading for students of behavioral neuroscience and neuropsychology interested in lateralization of function as well as for established researchers in the field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 22.35mm | 1,550g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • XX, 350 p.
  • 0792366603
  • 9780792366607

Table of contents

Contributors. Dedication. Preface. Development of Side Bias and Handedness. Evolution of Side Biases: Motor versus Sensory Lateralization; L.J. Rogers. Genetic, Intrauterine, and Cultural Origins of Human Handedness; J.W. van Strien. Grasp-reflex in Human Neonates: Distribution, Sex Difference, Familial Sinistrality, and Testosterone; UE. Tan. Age and Generation Trends in Handedness: An Eastern Perspective; S. Iwasaki. Lateral Asymmetries and Interhemispheric Transfer in Aging: A Review and Some New Data; A.A. Beaton, et al. Handedness: Measurement and Observations. The Quantification and Definition of Handedness: Implications for Handedness Research; S.C. Schachter. Factor Structures of Hand Preference Questionnaires: Are `Skilled' and `Unskilled' Factors Artifacts? Y. Ida, et al. Contributions of Imaging Techniques to Our Understanding of Handedness; M. Peters. Side Bias: Foot, Cradle, Face and Attention. Lateral Preference, Skilled Behaviour and Task Complexity: Hand and Foot; P.J. Bryden. Examining the Notion of Foot Dominance; C. Gabbard, S. Hart. `Tell Me, Where is [this] Fancy Bred?': The Cardiac and Cerebral Accounts of the Lateral Cradling Bias; O.H. Turnbull, M.D. Lucas. Side Bias in Facial Expression; H.S. Asthana, et al. Asymmetries in Portraits: Insight from Neuropsychology; M.E.R. Nicholls. Attentional and Intentional Factors in Pseudoneglect; G.M. Grimshaw, J.M. Keillor. Index.
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Review quote

`It is intended for students, scientists and clinicians with an interest in handedness and related phenomena', but it can be enjoyed by any scientifically literate person who has ever been curious about lateral preferences. '
British Journal of Neurosurgery 2002, 16(2): 194-197
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