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Where next for laterality research? Looking back and looking forward

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gareth RichardsORCiD



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While paying attention to the recommendations of Ocklenburg et al. (2020) in the target article, researchers in the field of laterality should attempt to: 1) solve the long-standing puzzle of the relationship between handedness and language lateralization; 2) further explore the genetic bases of manual and cerebral asymmetry and of their associations with psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions; 3) explore the adaptive significance of laterality for humans and non-humans and elucidate the relationships of asymmetry across species; and 4) embrace developing technologies to investigate interaction between the hemispheres during the performance of everyday tasks.

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Author(s): Beaton AA, Richards G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition

Year: 2021

Volume: 26

Issue: 3

Pages: 336-341

Online publication date: 11/03/2021

Acceptance date: 22/02/2021

Date deposited: 22/02/2021

ISSN (print): 1357-650X

ISSN (electronic): 1464-0678

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2021.1895189


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