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Human cognition and lateralization of cerebral function

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Trends in Neurosciences
0166-2236
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Elsevier
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2
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DOI: 10.1016/0166-2236(79)90087-0

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Abstract In most species cognitive function, as far as it exists, is symmetrically represented in both hemispheres of the cerebral cortex. In this article Jerre Levy considers how and why the brains of higher primates have achieved lateralization of function. She also shows that this lateralization of function, with respect to language, is not quite as complete as had been thought earlier, and that the right hemisphere is quite capable of decoding sound or written language to meaning; however, this hemisphere still remains unable to turn meaning into words.

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