Right hemisphere lateralization for emotion in the human brain: interactions with cognition

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Science  17 Oct 1975:
Vol. 190, Issue 4211, pp. 286-288
DOI: 10.1126/science.1179210


Right-handed subjects tend to look to the left when answering affective questions. The relative shift in gaze from right to left is accentuated when the questions also involve spatial manipulation and attenuated when the questions require verbal manipulation. The data support the hypothesis that the right hemisphere has a special role in emotion in the intact brain, and that predictable patterning of hemispheric activity can occur when specific combinations of cognitive and affective processes interact.

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