Dynamics of hemispheric specialization and integration in the context of motor control

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Feb;7(2):160-6. doi: 10.1038/nrn1849.


Behavioural and neurophysiological evidence convincingly establish that the left hemisphere is dominant for motor skills that are carried out with either hand or those that require bimanual coordination. As well as this prioritization, we argue that specialized functions of the right hemisphere are also indispensable for the realization of goal-directed behaviour. As such, lateralization of motor function is a dynamic and multifaceted process that emerges across different timescales and is contingent on task- and performer-related determinants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Mapping
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Nonlinear Dynamics*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*