Left Brain, Right Brain

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Springer, Sally P.(UC Davis); Deutsch, Georg(Univ of Alabama at Birmingham)

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Springer, Sally P.(UC Davis); Deutsch, Georg(Univ of Alabama at Birmingham)

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Nancy A. Johnson
This is the fifth edition of the seminal work on the topic of hemispheric brain asymmetries. Originally published in 1981, the text has undergone major revisions in order to reflect continuing advances in the understanding of brain mechanisms and hemispheric asymmetry. The book is intended to chronicle recent developments in cognitive neuroscience, particularly in the area of hemispheric specialization. Written at an introductory level, the book provides enough clarity and background so that even beginning students in the field of psychology or neuroscience would find it interesting and understandable. It would be appropriate for use as a textbook in an introductory or advanced class in neuroscience. Topics range from basic laboratory research findings to clinical relevance and implications for behavior. Although the first edition focused on the understanding of hemispheric brain function, the current edition incorporates new advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience, which represents a move away from anatomical to ""functional"" asymmetry. The book includes sections on historical developments in the understanding of brain function and current research findings in the area of normal hemispheric asymmetry. Additional chapters cover neurobehavioral disorders associated with acquired brain damage as well as congenital abnormalities. The authors also include several more thought-provoking chapters related to mind-body dualism and theories of consciousness. The book makes excellent use of graphics and illustrations. A new eight-page section of color photographs and images in the area of neuroimaging is an exceptional addition to this edition. The references arecomprehensive and reflect recent advances in the field. This book is a well-written overview of hemispheric asymmetry and cognitive functioning. It would be a valuable addition to a reference library and could serve as a comprehensive, yet easily understood, general introductory text.
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Reviewer: Nancy A. Johnson, PhD (Northwestern University Medical School)
Description: This is the fifth edition of the seminal work on the topic of hemispheric brain asymmetries. Originally published in 1981, the text has undergone major revisions in order to reflect continuing advances in the understanding of brain mechanisms and hemispheric asymmetry.
Purpose: The book is intended to chronicle recent developments in cognitive neuroscience, particularly in the area of hemispheric specialization.
Audience: Written at an introductory level, the book provides enough clarity and background so that even beginning students in the field of psychology or neuroscience would find it interesting and understandable. It would be appropriate for use as a textbook in an introductory or advanced class in neuroscience.
Features: Topics range from basic laboratory research findings to clinical relevance and implications for behavior. Although the first edition focused on the understanding of hemispheric brain function, the current edition incorporates new advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience, which represents a move away from anatomical to "functional" asymmetry. The book includes sections on historical developments in the understanding of brain function and current research findings in the area of normal hemispheric asymmetry. Additional chapters cover neurobehavioral disorders associated with acquired brain damage as well as congenital abnormalities. The authors also include several more thought-provoking chapters related to mind-body dualism and theories of consciousness. The book makes excellent use of graphics and illustrations. A new eight-page section of color photographs and images in the area of neuroimaging is an exceptional addition to this edition. The references are comprehensive and reflect recent advances in the field.
Assessment: This book is a well-written overview of hemispheric asymmetry and cognitive functioning. It would be a valuable addition to a reference library and could serve as a comprehensive, yet easily understood, general introductory text.
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New edition of a text which explores hemispheric asymmetries in the brain in the context of brain function in general. The author covers insights from surgical separation of the hemispheres, the link made between psychology and physiology with neuroimaging, behavioral approaches to asymmetry, sex differences in cognition and asymmetry, animal asymmetries, hemispheric specialization, and the mind-body problem. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716731498
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Discovery of Asymmetry: Clues from the Clinic 7
Ch. 1 Evidence from Brain Damage and the Rise of Neuropsychology 9
Ch. 2 Splitting the Brain: Insights from the Surgical Separation of the Hemispheres 31
Pt. II Exploring Asymmetry in the Normal Brain 59
Ch. 3 Psychology and Physiology: Building the Link Through Neuroimaging 61
Ch. 4 Behavioral Approaches to Asymmetry 97
Pt. III Handedness, Sex, and the Brain 117
Ch. 5 The Puzzle of the Left-Hander 119
Ch. 6 Sex Differences in Cognition and Asymmetry 139
Pt. IV From the Clinic to the Laboratory: Integrating Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging 157
Ch. 7 Language, Voluntary Movement, and Perception 159
Ch. 8 Attention, Memory, Music, and Emotion 199
Pt. V The Evolution and Development of Asymmetry 235
Ch. 9 Animal Asymmetries: The Search for the Biological Origins 237
Ch. 10 Asymmetry Over the Life Span 251
Pt. VI Pathology and Asymmetry 269
Ch. 11 Link to Developmental Disabilities and Psychiatric Illness 271
Pt. VII Hypotheses and Speculation: Beyond the Data 289
Ch. 12 Attempts at Applying Asymmetry: "Hemisphericity," Education, and Culture 291
Ch. 13 The Nature of Hemispheric Specialization 303
Ch. 14 Mind-Body, Consciousness, and the Hemispheres 331
Postscript 357
Notes 361
Index 397
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