Cerebral Laterality and Psychopathological Disorders

  • E. A. Serafetinides
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 130)


In a previous report (Serafetinides, 1965), I presented evidence suggesting not only a marked presence of aggressive behavior in, mostly young, male temporal lobe epileptics (TLE), but also a left dominant hemisphere focus for the majority of them. Indeed, looking at the results again, it can be seen that out of 100 TLE cases, 36 were diagnosed as aggressive, 25 of which had a left (L) focus vs. only 11 with a right (R) focus. The 64 non-aggressive TLE cases were evenly split between the two hemispheres (33 R and 31 LTL focus respectively). This difference is significant at the p <.05 level. Discussing the implications, then, I stressed the significance of the dominant hemisphere for learning, linking defect of the latter with frustration in coping, and aggression as a maladjusted form thereof.


Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Dominant Hemisphere Cerebral Laterality Compensation Phenomenon Paranoid Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Serafetinides
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical Center West Los Angeles (Brentwood Division) and The Department of Psychiatry and The Brain Research InstituteUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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