Cerebral Dominance, Handedness, and Laterality

  • William H. Gaddes


Until recently it was thought, perhaps somewhat simplistically, that a right-handed person was necessarily left-hemisphere dominant for language, and similarly a left-handed person was right-hemisphere dominant for language. Now it is known, from neuropsychological researches over the last 30 years, that this is not so and that the whole question of the relation between handedness and cerebral dominance is highly complex and variable within certain limits. However, before we examine the relationship between cerebral dominance and handedness let us look at these two behavioral processes separately.


Left Hemisphere Developmental Dyslexia Lateral Preference Dichotic Listening Left Temporal Lobe 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Gaddes
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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