Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Well Worth Reading: Dr. Michael Gazzaniga on Split-Brain Research

The new August 2005 issue of Nature Reviews Neuroscience includes an essay by Dr. Michael Gazzaniga about split-brain research. The article is not available in full text online, but worth getting a copy of for a good read!

Here is the abstract:
Michael S. Gazzaniga. Forty-five years of split-brain research and still going strong. Nature Reviews Neuroscience; 2005: 6, 653-659. [doi:10.1038/nrn1740]

Forty-five years ago, Roger Sperry, Joseph Bogen and I embarked on what are now known as the modern split-brain studies. These experiments opened up new frontiers in brain research and gave rise to much of what we know about hemispheric specialization and integration. The latest developments in split-brain research build on the groundwork laid by those early studies. Split-brain methodology, on its own and in conjunction with neuroimaging, has yielded insights into the remarkable regional specificity of the corpus callosum as well as into the integrative role of the callosum in the perception of causality and in our perception of an integrated sense of self.
If you access the Roger Sperry link I placed into the abstract, you will find a page of .pdf copies of Sperry publications, including a number of original papers on this split-brain research.
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