Side Bias: Cerebral Hemispheric Asymmetry in Social Cognition and Emotion Perception

Kimberley R. Savage, Joan C. Borod, Lorraine O. Ramig

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This chapter characterizes the nature of the hemispheric biases in social cognition. This includes both description and discussion of the literature examining the extent of hemispheric specialization in firstly how we identify and interpret the mental states of other people, and secondly how we perceive emotion. Overall, research continues to demonstrate the importance of the right cerebral hemisphere for social cognitive processes. The role of the right hemisphere is most apparent in studies involving patients with brain damage(i.e., the brain lesion approach)and in studies of healthy participants using behavioral paradigms, such as chimeric faces or tachistoscopic procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Social Vision
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864324
ISBN (Print)9780195333176
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Emotion perception
  • Hemispheric bias
  • Human brain
  • Mental states
  • Right cerebral hemisphere
  • Social cognition


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