College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Hemispheric Asymmetries in Manic-Depressive Patients: Relationship to Hemispheric Processing of Affect.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1980

Publication Title

Clinical Neuropsychology

ISSN

0363-8715

Volume

2

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Reviews research on hemispheric asymmetries in the performance and physiology of manic-depressive patients and asymmetries in processing of affective stimuli. It is concluded that there is substantial evidence of (1) right-sided abnormalities and right-sided hyperarousal in affective illness, (2) a unique right hemisphere involvement in processing of affective stimuli, and (3) left-sided hemispheric specialization for positive affect and right-sided specialization for negative affect. These conclusions are considered in relation to each other, with a view toward integrating the evidence and suggesting avenues for further research. (56 ref)

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