Special Issue "Biological Psychology: Brain Asymmetry and Behavioral Brain"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2021.
Interests: personality; individual traits; hypnotizability; hypnosis; cognitive control of pain; EEG
Despite the superficial appearance of symmetry of the right and left hemispheres, the human brain is functionally asymmetrical. Capacity in cognitive processing is enhanced by the lateralization of brain functions. It is notable that vertebrates and humans, apart from language, share a fundamental pattern of lateralization, including a variety of functions as attention, learning, memory, social behavior, and face processing. Research in humans has also shown that the level of functional brain asymmetry may depend on a number of factors, including gender, individual differences in dispositional approach and avoidance behavior, optimism, and social interaction factors. For example, EEG research has reported a greater left- than right-frontal activation at rest in approach-oriented individuals, whereas higher levels in anxiety/behavioral inhibition have been associated with greater right- than left-frontal activation.
Research reports on hemispheric asymmetry and its modulation by individual differences in affective tendencies and situational context will be well accepted for this Special Issue of Symmetry. Furthermore, papers including electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and biochemical estimations of brain asymmetry will be particularly relevant. Reports on hemispheric asymmetry in psychopathology are also accepted, and so will reviews and theoretical debates of the lateralization of hemispheric functions.
Prof. Vilfredo De Pascalis
Manuscript Submission Information
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- functional brain asymmetry
- individual differences
- personality traits
- social interaction
- genetic expression
- hormonal influences