Brain Lateralization in Children: Developmental Implications

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Dennis L. Molfese, Sidney J. Segalowitz
Guilford Press, 1988 - Psychology - 612 pages
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Are early hemispheric differences important for normal development? Can they be used to predict long-term outcomes or disabilities, such as delayed language or learning disabilities? Do children with abnormal patterns of lateralization develop normally? Toward answering such clinically relevant questions, this volume is a comprehensive summary of state-of-the-art research on cerebral asymmetries in developmental psychology and education.

A complete single-volume reference, each section in this outstanding book provides an overview of the issues, describes relevant research techniques, and critically reviews the literature. Almost every chapter has a literature review table that gives the reader a comprehensive summary of work done to date. Topics covered include: basic physiological issues in the development of functional differences; the relationship between lateral brain organization and a normal child's intellectual, emotional, and educational development; the role of handedness in development; and developmental difficulties such as reading and learning disabilities, depression, deafness, delayed language development, and autism.

  

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Contents

PART ONE EARLY DEVELOPMENTAL FACTORS RELATED
1
Functional Asymmetries in Infants 6 Proposal for a Lateralized Gradient
31
Brain and Behavioral Asymmetries and
59
A Prenatal Source for the Development
73
Characteristics of the Uterine Acoustic Environment 76 Prenatal Auditory
80
The Evidence 89 General Problems 148 Directions
159
Electrophysiological Indices of the Early Development of Lateralization
171
Frontal Asymmetry and Expression of Facial Signs of Emotion
197
PLH? Evaluation of the TwoType Unilateral Lesion Model 336 Is All Left
359
PART FOUR LATERALIZATION AND ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT
373
Directions for Future Research 392 References
394
The Development of Cognition and Personality in X Aneuploids
401
Cognition and Some Biological Factors 401 A Theoretical Proposal
407
Personality and Some Biological Factors 409 A Theoretical Proposal
413
Subject Specification and Measurement 418 Review of Recent Studies
420
References
435

Style in Adults and Infants 199 What Do Frontal Activation Asymmetries
204
The Old Orthodoxy 207 Current Developments
211
Conclusions 226 References
230
The Effect of Right BrainLeft Brain Cognitive Profiles
237
Mainstream Education 240 Conclusion 252 References
254
NonRightHandedness as Deviancy 259 Pathological LeftHandedness
260
Early LeftHemisphere Insult and Sinistrality 262 Sinistrality
276
An Analysis of Theories
289
of Handedness and Distribution in the General Population 301 Anatomical
328
A Review of the Evidence 438 The Role
454
Childhood Depression and Medically Treatable Learning Disability
463
PART FIVE LATERALIZATION IN LEARNINGDISABLED CHILDREN
507
Dual Processing Models of Learning Disability
527
The Models 528 Major Issues on Which the Models Disagree and Learning
544
Panerns of Abilities and Deficits of Selected Surveys
561
Investigation in Laterality 584 Conclusions 585 References
586
Index
605
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Dennis L. Molfese , Dept. of Psych and Brain Sciences , University of Louisville , Kentucky.

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