Cerebral asymmetries in humans are due to the differentiation of 2 incompatible processes: holistic and analytic

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The author argues that organizational processes account for the existence of functional hemispheric asymmetries in humans. The substantive claim is that the left hemisphere becomes the locus for analytic processing because it is more flexible during childhood. This is the weakest claim that is compatible with the facts we currently have. The general view also predicts facts about asymmetry that would be surprising on more structural theories of its basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-262
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
VolumeVol.263
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

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