Lateralization describes the pattern by which specific abilities are distributed between the two hemispheres. (Healy, Jane M., PhD. Your Child’s Growing Mind. p 136-138. NY: Doubleday, 1987, 1989.)

The brain appears to have a lateral specialization of function for many tasks (e. g., speech). (Greenfield, Susan, Con. Ed. Brain Power, Working out the Human Mind. p 153. The Ivy Press Limited, 1999.)

Specific brain areas are important but they participate in functions by way of their synaptic connections with other areas. Chemicals are also important, but mainly because of their work at synapses within functional systems. (LeDoux, Joseph.Synaptic Self, How Our Brains Become Who We Are. p 33-34. NY Penguin Books, 2002.)

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