Brain Hemisphericity and Response to the Imaginal Processes Inventory
The concept of hemisphericity was introduced by Bogen (1969) to relate the findings of functional hemispheric asymmetry of the brain to individual differences in cognitive functioning. It is now well established that the right and left hemispheres of the human brain, despite a superficial similarity in appearance, are quite different in mode of functioning. Functional asymmetry, first noted in the greater specialization of the left hemisphere for language, has now been extended to a number of other cognitive and affective variables including perception of music, faces, emotional tone, visuo-spatial skills, dreaming, depression and other personality variables. The concept of hemisphericity denotes the characteristic tendency of an individual to rely on one or the other (right or left) hemispheric modes of processing regardless of task requirements.
KeywordsNegative Affect Left Hemisphere Visual Imagery Brain HEMISPHERICITY Mentation Rate
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