Ling 101 Chapter 14 hw - March 1, 2008 Linguistics 101...

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Unformatted text preview: March 1, 2008 Linguistics 101 Chapter 14 Homework 2. The hemispheres can be considered to be two brains because they are almost completely separate anatomically. They are only joined by the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that transmits messages between the hemispheres. The hemispheres are very distinct functionally. Each hemisphere is contralateral and controls motor control of the opposite half of the body. Each hemisphere also controls different higher cognitive functions. The left hemisphere typically excels in analytical tasks and the right hemisphere controls recognition of complex patterns and melody. 5. Dichotic listening tests provide evidence for the fact that each hemisphere mostly controls the activity of the opposite side of the body. Specifically, the test shows that the left cerebral hemisphere is specialized for language cognition and perception (in right-handed people) because test subjects process language better through the right ear. It would also be interesting to present test subjects process language better through the right ear....
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