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The Brain

4. Lateralisation in the Brain

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In this module, we think about ‘lateralisation’ in the brain, i.e. the way in which the two hemispheres of the brain have become specialised in different functions. In particular, we focus on the lateralisation of language processes in the left hemisphere of the brain. We consider the role of ‘Broca’s area’ in speech production and the role of ‘Wernicke’s area’ in speech comprehension. Finally, we examine the angular gyrus, an area in the parietal lobe which, together with the visual cortex and Wernicke’s area, is involved in reading and writing.


In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses the anatomy and function of the human brain. We begin, in modules one and two, by looking at how the brain is structured before moving to think about the localisation of different functions in particular areas of the brain on in module three. Module four considers the lateralisation of certain brain processes in the two hemispheres, while module five looks at split-brain research. Finally, we think about brain plasticity and the recovery of brain function after trauma in module six.


Mr Kevin Silber is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby where he mainly teaches on biological psychology modules. He is also an A level examiner for AQA and is involved in authoring texts for A level psychology. His research interests are somewhat eclectic. Having started life as a neuroscientist, he still has an interest in biologically oriented research. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image.

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Silber, K. (2019, September 27). The Brain - Lateralisation in the Brain [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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