The Asymmetrical Brain. Kenneth Hugdahl and Richard J.
Davidson (Eds.). 2003. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 796 pp., $90.00.
One of the most fundamental questions in cognitive neuroscience
relates to the biological basis of functional hemispheric specialization
and the relationship of structure to function. These important and
controversial concepts are reviewed in The Asymmetrical Brain.
Drs. Hugdahl and Davidson have selected core topics discussed by an
impressive group of internationally recognized experts. This text was
originally conceived as an update to the 1995 book Brain
Asymmetry edited by Hugdahl and Davidson, but this text offers a
completely reorganized approach to the topic that is both timely and
comprehensive within a narrow focus on specific neural systems and neural
syndromes. This book will appeal to students and experts in the broader
field of human cognitive neuroscience and should be required reading to
anyone with an academic interest in cerebral laterality and human
cognition. Indeed, the field has advanced since 1995, and this book will
surely become a major impetus to future research advancement in brain