Profiles of right hemisphere language and speech following brain bisection

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Charlotte S. Smylie, Kathleen Baynes, William Hirst, Carol McCleary

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

66 Scopus citations


A variety of language tasks were administered to two patients who had undergone staged callosal section in an effort to control otherwise intractable epilepsy. Right hemisphere lexical capacity varied and preliminary results suggest that the case displaying greater semantic power also possessed some syntactic competence. This same case (V.P.) was also capable of expressive language from the right hemisphere. This rare capacity allowed for fresh observations on the dynamic interactions of conscious control that occur in this kind of patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-220
Number of pages15
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


Dive into the research topics of 'Profiles of right hemisphere language and speech following brain bisection'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this