Functions Associated with Brain Hemispheres

By — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
Updated on Jul 20, 2010

Left Hemisphere

  • Expressive speech
  • Receptive language
  • Language (general)
  • Complex motor functions
  • Vigilance
  • Paired associate learning
  • Liaison to consciousness
  • Ideation
  • Conceptual similarities
  • Temporal analysis
  • Analysis of detail
  • Arithmetic
  • Writing
  • Calculation
  • Finger naming
  • Right-left orientation
  • Sequential processing

Right Hemisphere

  • Spatial orientation
  • Simple language comprehension
  • Nonverbal ideation
  • Picture and pattern sense
  • Performancelike functions
  • Spatial integration
  • Creative associative thinking
  • Facial recognition
  • Sound recognition
  • Nonverbal paired associate thought
  • Tactile perception
  • Gestalt perception
  • Picture processing
  • Intuitive problem solving
  • Psychic experiences
  • Humorous thoughts
  • Simultaneous processing

Source: Information in the chart came from various sources but is summarized in : Neuropsycho--logical Theory, Research, and Clinical Differentiation by G. W. Hynd and M. Cohen, 1983, New York: Grune & Stratton.

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