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.

Looking at lateralization as a dynamic and plastic feature of nervous systems / Frasnelli, E.. - In: LATERALITY. - ISSN 1357-650X. - 26:3(2021), pp. 323-326. [10.1080/1357650X.2021.1876083]

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

Frasnelli E.
2021-01-01

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.
2021
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Frasnelli, E.
Looking at lateralization as a dynamic and plastic feature of nervous systems / Frasnelli, E.. - In: LATERALITY. - ISSN 1357-650X. - 26:3(2021), pp. 323-326. [10.1080/1357650X.2021.1876083]
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