Looking at lateralization as a dynamic and plastic feature of nervous systems

Frasnelli, Elisa (2021) Looking at lateralization as a dynamic and plastic feature of nervous systems. Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition . ISSN 1357-650X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/1357650X.2021.1876083

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Abstract

In the last few decades, research on lateralization has expanded our knowledge about the
manifestation, development, and mechanisms of this fascinating feature of nervous systems. This
has been possible not only thanks to human studies, but to the use of animal models and the
introduction of ground-breaking techniques within this research field. However, recent studies
have also demonstrated how complex this phenomenon is and highlighted that we still lack a
complete understanding of brain and behavioural asymmetries. Here, I comment on two of the
challenges presented by Ocklenburg and colleagues that research on lateralization has to face in
the next future. I argue that, in order to improve our understanding of lateralization, we have to
consider it as a dynamic and plastic characteristic, which is strongly influenced by both internal
factors, such as an animal’s motivation and emotional states, and external factors, including the
physical environment and the social context.

Keywords:behavioural bias, Context, Motivation, social, dynamic feature
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C182 Evolution
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:43713
Deposited On:26 Jan 2021 12:59

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