The Evolving of the Homeostatic Brain: Neuropsychological Evidence

  • Michael Miran
  • Esta Miran
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 130)


The purpose of this paper is to explore brain functioning as an integrated homeostatic system with lateralization and localization of brain function. The central question is what is the nature of the relationship between hemispheres as the brain processes information using specialized areas, neural pathways and whole brain interactions.

This paper discusses the neuropsychological, evolutionary, and developmental literature supporting the existence of homeostatic functioning within the brain. It cites the perceptual systems as a model and then reviews examples of lateralized and homeostatic functioning in motor and frontal systems. The inter- and intra- species evolutionary evidence for lateralization and homeostatic functions are reviewed. The role of developmental processes in adaptation to brain damage are discussed as exemplifying the role of homeostatic functions in the brain. The need for future research on the homeostatic process of the brain and the information flow from micro- to macro- systems within the brain are discussed.


Corpus Callosum Frontal Lobe Left Hemisphere Dendritic Growth Perceptual System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Miran
    • 1
  • Esta Miran
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RochesterRochester, N.Y.USA

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