Where next for laterality research? Looking back and looking forward

Alan A. Beaton, Gareth Richards

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While paying attention to the recommendations of Ocklenburg, Berretz, Packheiser, and Friedrich (2020) in the target article, researchers in the field of laterality should attempt to: (1) solve the long-standing puzzle of the relationship between handedness and language lateralization; (2) further explore the genetic bases of manual and cerebral asymmetry and of their associations with psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions; (3) explore the adaptive significance of laterality for humans and non-humans and elucidate the relationships of asymmetry across species; and (4) embrace developing technologies to investigate the interaction between the hemispheres during the performance of everyday tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-341
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Early online date11 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2021


  • Handedness
  • Laterality
  • Speech dominance


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