Hemidecortication and Recovery of Function: Animal Studies

  • F. D. Rose
  • Ian Q. Whishaw
  • M. W. van Hof
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 325)


Hemidecortication may be defined as the surgical. removal of the entire neocortex on one side of the brain. Its use in the elucidation of brain behaviour relationships dates back to the latter part of the last century, for example, to the work of Vulpian107, Carville and Duret12, Soltmann98 and Goltz27 and the early years of the present century also saw a steady stream of relevant studies (for example, 5,17,23,24,34,39,48,54,73,90,101). However, some of these early reports are not easily available and mention of them in papers such as those of Tsang103, Bromiley6 and White et al.122 rarely detail the exact extent of surgical intervention. Detailed accounts of the behavioural consequences of hemidecortication are nevertheless contained in several reports dating from the first half of the century6,26,35,36,37,49,103,113. More recently, as well as some isolated reports (e.g. 100,112), there have been further series of hemidecorticate studies carried out in the laboratories of Russell60,61,62,63,64,65,91,92,93, Rose 16,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88, van Hof31,104,105,106 and Whishaw40,41.43,44,46,116,117,118,121


Environmental Enrichment Brain Damage Cortical Spreading Depression Limb Contralateral Neocortical Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. D. Rose
    • 1
  • Ian Q. Whishaw
    • 2
  • M. W. van Hof
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LethbridgeAlbertaCanada
  3. 3.Department of Physiology IErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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