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Asymmetry

Doreen Kimura

in Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780195054927
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195054927.003.0002

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Asymmetry

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The lateralization of function in the brain is neither unique to humans nor specifically tied to the presence of complex language or other “higher level” functions. In fact, asymmetry is a feature of many biological systems, and is most marked in birds. This chapter argues that neural lateralization may be secondary to other, possibly gonadal, asymmetries. The latter may also relate to possible sex differences in somatic and brain asymmetry. Neural asymmetry in birds, asymmetry in nonhuman mammals, the natural of human brain asymmetry, mechanisms of brain asymmetry, and somatic asymmetry in humans, are discussed.

Keywords: neural lateralization; neural asymmetry; brain asymmetry; somatic asymmetry; birds

Chapter.  3214 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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