The Left Cerebral Hemisphere

Aphasia, Alexia, Agraphia, Agnosia,Apraxia, Language, and Thought
  • Rhawn Joseph
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


It is now well known that among more than 80% of the right-handed population and among 50% of those who are left-handed, the left cerebral hemisphere provides the neural foundation for the verbal perception, comprehension, differentiation, identification, and linguistic labeling of visual, auditory, and somesthetic information. The left hemisphere dominates in the perception and processing of real words, word lists, rhymes, numbers, backwards speech, Morse code, consonants, consonant vowel syllables, nonsense sylla­bles, the transitional elements of speech, and single phonemes (Blumstein & Cooper, 1974; Cutting, 1974; Kimura, 1961; Kimura & Folb, 1968; Levy, 1974, Mills & Roll-man, 1979; Papcun, Krashen, Terbeek, et al., 1974; Shankweiler & Studdert-Kennedy, 1966, 1967; Studdert-Kennedy & Shankweiler, 1970). It is also dominant for recognizing phonetic, conceptual, and verbal (but not physical) similarities, e.g., determining whether two letters (g and p versus g and q) have the same vowel ending (Levy, 1974; Moscovitch, 1973).


Left Hemisphere Inferior Parietal Lobule Angular Gyrus Arcuate Fasciculus Left Inferior Parietal Lobule 


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