Handedness: A Window to Explore the Neuroscience of Brain Lateralization

Maryam Noroozian, MD
Memory and Behavioral Neurology Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Alireza Minagar, MD
Dept. Neurologym Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA

Sara Khalaj, MD
Memory and Behavioral Neurology Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: SCI089000

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Neurologists and neuroscientists have been fascinated with the phenomenon of handedness and through the course of human history the question of why a minority of each population is left-handed and the are rest right-handed has never been fully answered. An even better question is whether the brains of left-handed individuals are architected and wired differently than those of right-handed individuals and if such fundamental anatomic and functional dissimilarities lead to the preference of the left hand over the right hand. The ultimate question is how different the brains of left-handers are from the right-handers or simply there are not many differences between the two groups. More than its social aspects, handedness is a sophisticated subject of cognitive and behavioral neurology which leads to even more complicated research of the left hemisphere versus right hemisphere. The issue of handedness is of such importance that it is one of the first components of any standard neurological examination with the idea of determining which hemisphere is dominant.

In the present book, Noroozian and her colleagues explore the under-explored and fascinating world of handedness and attempt to utilize the concept of handedness and the mechanisms responsible for becoming right-handed versus left-handed as a bridge to better understand the phenomenon of laterality of the human brain. The authors of this easily readable and easy-to-understand monograph review the latest findings concerning handedness and human brain asymmetry. This interesting book can serve as a great resource for clinical psychologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, cognitive neurologists and psychiatrists. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Preface

Acknowledgment

Author’s Biography

Chapter 1 - Historical Records (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 2 - Cultural Issues (pp. 7-8)

Chapter 3 - Handedness in Animals (pp. 9-10)

Chapter 4 - Incidence and Prevalence of Left-Handedness (pp. 11-12)

Chapter 5 - Footedness (pp. 13-16)

Chapter 6 - Earedness (pp. 17-18)

Chapter 7 - Eyedness (pp. 19-20)

Chapter 8 - Earedness (pp. 21-22)

Chapter 9 - Structural and Functional Neuroanatomy of Right and Left Hemispheres (pp. 23-26)

Chapter 10 - Cerebral Representation of Language and Handedness (pp. 27-30)

Chapter 11 - Evolution of Language: Gestural Communication, Vocalization and Verbalization (pp. 31-32)

Chapter 12 - Handedness Etiology (pp. 33-42)

Chapter 13 - Assessment of Handedness (pp. 43-54)

Chapter 14 - Handedness and Gender (pp. 55-56)

Chapter 15 - Comorbidities associated with Left-Handedness (pp. 57-58)

Chapter 16- Immune-Mediated Disorders and Handedness (pp. 59-60)

Chapter 17 - Psychiatric Disorders and Handedness (pp. 61-62)

Chapter 18 - Mortality in Left-Handers (pp. 63-66)

Chapter 19 - Cognitive Function and Handedness (pp. 67-68)

Chapter 20 - Visuospatial Ability (pp. 69-72)

Chapter 21 - Professional Sports and Handedness (pp. 73-74)

Chapter 22 - Musical Talent (pp. 75-78)

Chapter 23 - Handedness, Intelligence Quotient and Educational Achievement (pp. 79-80)

Chapter 24 - Handedness and Giftedness (pp. 81-86)

Chapter 25 - Towards a Model for Left-Handedness (pp. 87-88)

Conclusion

References

Index

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