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5. Split-Brain Studies
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about split-brain research and what it can tell us about localisation and lateralisation in the brain. We begin by discussing what split-brain surgery is and how it can help patients who suffer from severe epilepsy. We then move on to discuss the effects of split-brain surgery and how these have been used by Roger Sperry to investigate lateralisation in the brain, focussing in particular on his divided field study from 1968. Finally, we discuss a split-brain study by Turk et al. (2002) which used a face recognition task to suggest that self-recognition and generalised face processing may be localised to different parts of the brain.
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 primarily teaches biological psychology modules. Mr Silber is also an AQA A-Level examiner and is involved in authoring texts for A-Level psychology. Having started life as a neuroscientist, Mr Silber’s research interests still lie in biologically oriented topics. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image. Some of Mr Silber’s recent publications include ‘Working memory in children: A developmental approach to the phonological coding of pictorial material’ (2011) and ‘Sexual orientation and the sleep-wake cycle: A preliminary investigation’ (2000).
Cite this Lecture
Silber, K. (2019, September 27). Biopsychology - The Brain - Split-Brain Studies [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-brain/split-brain-studies
Silber, K. "Biopsychology - The Brain – Split-Brain Studies." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://massolit.io/courses/the-brain/split-brain-studies