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    A comparative perspective on lateral biases and social behavior

    Forrester, Gillian and Todd, B.K. (2018) A comparative perspective on lateral biases and social behavior. In: Forrester, Gillian and Hudry, K. and Lindell, A. and Hopkins, W.D. (eds.) Cerebral Lateralization and Cognition: Evolutionary and Developmental Investigations of Behavioral Biases. Progress In Brain Research 238. Elsevier. ISBN 9780128146712.

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    Cerebral lateralization and associated motor behaviors were historically thought to be characteristics unique to humans. Today, it is clear that these features are present and visible in other animal species. These shared attributes of brain and behavior suggest inheritance from a distant common ancestor. Population-level motor biases are likely to reflect an early evolutionary division of primary survival functions of the brain's left and right hemispheres. In modern humans, these features may provide a foundational platform for the development of higher cognitive functions, inextricably cementing the ties between the evolution and development of cognition. This chapter focuses on the links between a vertebrate-wide right hemisphere dominance for perceiving and producing social signals, left side motor biases (inclusive of visual field preferences), and the evolution and development of cognition in modern humans.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cerebral lateralization, Hand dominance, Social positioning, Social cognition, Left cradling bias, Autism
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Gillian Forrester
    Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 08:03
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 10:07


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