This book offers a comprehensive and readable account of theoretical aspects of the origins of normal development of handedness and its relationship to cerebral lateralization and intellectual function.
Later chapters review the evidence for links between non-right-handedness and various developmental disorders: mental impairment, autism, epilepsy, and disorders of spoken and written langauge.
The emphasis is on understanding the range of underlying mechanisms that might lead to associations between handedness and disorder, and on identifying assessment procedures that can distinguish between different explanations.
Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 110
'I rather liked this book. It is a reasonable snapshot of work on handedness up to early 1988, and offers some interesting commentary and analysis.'
Am J of Psychology, 1993
'This book deals with a fascinating subject with wit and clarity. I would recommend it to those with a strong clinical or research commitment to the developmental disorders of children. It would also be valuable reading for any newly appointed clinical research fellow as the problems Dr Bishop identifies in handedness research have wider repercussions.'
M Pike, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1992
'The strengths of the text rest on Bishop's careful critique of the myths surrounding the field of handedness, with the shortcomings being in the area of formulation and conceptualisation.'
V Anderson, Journal of Paediatric Child Health, 1992
'Bishop sees the study of handedness and cerebral organisation as an important window into our understanding of normal and atypical motor and cognitive development. For researchers and clinicians alike, Bishop's book offers a lucid guide to the handedness literature.'
Lauren Julius Harris, Contemporary Psychology, 1992
'Dorothy Bishop has been among the leaders of those who have put research into handedness and lateralisation on a more scientific and rational bases, and she is also an exceptionally lucid expositor.'
Roger Robinson, BMJ, May 1991
'Bishop provides an accurate and intelligent account of the problems of measurement and definition, and of the genetics and development of handedness.'
Chris McManus, The Lancet, April 1991
'Dorothy Bishop brings some special qualities to this review: formidable powers of critical analysis, a scholar's respect for detail, an advocate's search for weakness in the argument and she is herself a left-hander. Not only is it an essential text for all who work in the fields of laterality and of developmental disorder but it is also a good read.'