Hemispheric specialization for semantic processing

Doreen Kimura

in Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780195054927
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872268 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Hemispheric specialization for semantic processing

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This chapter examines evidence on the role of the left and right hemispheres in semantic function. The findings from the split-brain literature for semantic comprehension in the right hemisphere, the ability of “deep” dyslexics to go from a letter array to the correct Semantic Category, and the capacity of the great apes for semantic function in the absence of humantype language, all indicate that semanticity is not dependent on left-hemisphere language processing. Data from globally-aphasic patients suggest that semantic processing, as compared to associative linkage, may be favored by the right hemisphere.

Keywords: semantic function; left hemisphere; right hemisphere; brain; semanticity; semantic processing

Chapter.  3223 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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