Psychology & Neuroscience
versión On-line ISSN 1983-3288
FONSECA, Rochele Paz; SCHERER, Lilian Cristine; OLIVEIRA, Camila Rosa de y PARENTE, Maria Alice de Mattos Pimenta. Hemispheric specialization for communicative processing: neuroimaging data on the role of the right hemisphere. Psychol. Neurosci. (Online) [online]. 2009, vol.2, n.1, pp.25-33. ISSN 1983-3288. http://dx.doi.org/10.3922/j.psns.2009.1.05.
Neuropsychology has traditionally studied language emphasizing the exclusive control of the left hemisphere of the brain over this process. With the growing development of this area in psychology and the availability of neuroimaging techniques, a critical analysis of the traditional concept of cerebral dominance for language and of the bases of the neurobiological representations of this cognitive function is crucial. In this context, this review aims to investigate evidence brought by neuroimaging studies on the role of the right hemisphere in communicative processing in healthy individuals. Data suggest a co-activation of brain hemispheres in this processing, with an important contribution given by the right hemisphere in discursive, pragmatic-inferential, and prosodic processing.
Palabras clave : communication; pragmatics; discourse; prosody; right hemisphere; cerebral dominance.