Homotopic callosal inhibition

Brain Lang. 1984 Sep;23(1):116-25. doi: 10.1016/0093-934x(84)90010-5.


Previous theories concerning the function of the corpus callosum have included a "topographic" column-to-column excitatory theory and a diffuse "regional" inhibitory theory. Here it is shown that a topographic inhibitory model, in conjunction with a postulate concerning surround inhibition among cortical columns, produces complementary patterns of cortical column firing which, although qualitatively different, do not imply quantitative metabolic asymmetries. The cognitive implications of such homotopic inhibition are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Corpus Callosum / physiology*
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Humans
  • Neural Inhibition*
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Speech / physiology
  • Speech Perception / physiology
  • Thalamic Nuclei / physiology