Q&A with Marlene Behrmann
The idea of being left-brained or right-brained is pervasive in society. But scientists now know that it is not so simple. While some skills may over time develop to depend more on one side of the brain, the two hemispheres work interdependently from birth. Case in point is visual recognition of words and faces: According to new research, while the left hemisphere becomes increasingly specialized for word recognition after children learn to read, the left hemisphere is not exclusively dedicated to words versus faces.