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Lateralized Brain Functions

Methods in Human and Non-Human Species

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Part of the book series: Neuromethods (NM, volume 122)

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This volume explores both simple and sophisticated techniques used in the study of different types of lateralization of brain and behavior. Research in this field increases our understanding of various brain functions in humans, other vertebrate species, and invertebrates. The book is divided into five parts: behavioral methods; neurobiological methods; electroencephalographic, imaging, and neuro-stimulation methods; genetic techniques; and development of lateralization. Part I addresses measuring lateralization by scoring behavior induced by inputs to one or the other side of the brain in a range of species. Part II covers neurobiological methods used to reveal lateralization, such as lesion studies, electrophysiology and pharmacology, early gene expression, and new optogenetic methods. Part III looks at imaging techniques, electroencephalographic techniques, and transcranial stimulation to reveal lateralization. Part IV describes techniques used to study the role of genes in the development and establishment of brain asymmetry in humans and other species. Lastly, Part V refers to methods used in the study of development of lateralization through the manipulation of sensory exposure, hormone levels, and in model systems. In Neuromethods series style, chapters include the kind of detail and key advice from the specialists needed to get successful results in your own laboratory.

Cutting-edge and thorough, Lateralized Brain Function: Methods in Human and Non-Human Species is a valuable resource for investigating lateralization in a broad range of species and provides excellent advice for both new and veteran researchers.


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Table of contents (22 protocols)

  1. Behavioral Methods

  2. Neurobiological Methods

  3. Electroencephalographic, Imaging and Neuro-Stimulation Methods

  4. Genetic Techniques


“The editors Lesley Rogers and Giorgio Vallortigara aimed to provide, ‘in one volume’ as they emphasize, a comprehensive collection of the various laterality assessment techniques that exist in various species. … I wholeheartedly recommend it for both newcomers and the more experienced who seek to expand their horizon with new methods.” (Marco Hirnstein, Laterality Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, August, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Science and Technology, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

    Lesley J. Rogers

  • Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

    Giorgio Vallortigara

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Lateralized Brain Functions

  • Book Subtitle: Methods in Human and Non-Human Species

  • Editors: Lesley J. Rogers, Giorgio Vallortigara

  • Series Title: Neuromethods

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  • Publisher: Humana New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Protocols

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-6723-0Published: 18 January 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-8283-7Published: 15 July 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4939-6725-4Published: 18 January 2017

  • Series ISSN: 0893-2336

  • Series E-ISSN: 1940-6045

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 710

  • Number of Illustrations: 42 b/w illustrations, 94 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Neurosciences

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