Carlo Semenza to speak on ' A cross-talk between hemispheres in calculation. What does the right hemisphere do? '
On Friday, December 8th, from 4 to 5.30 pm, Prof. Carlo Semenza (University of Padova) will present the talk “A cross-talk between hemispheres in calculation. What does the right hemisphere do?”. Clinical studies as well as investigations conducted with other methodologies (e.g. neuroimaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), direct cortical electro-stimulation (DCE)) leave several unanswered questions about the contribution of the right hemisphere in calculation. All methods, indeed, increasingly show an involvement of the right hemisphere in functions traditionally believed to be in the domain of the left hemisphere. In particular, novel clinical studies show that right hemisphere acalculia encompasses a wide variety of symptoms, affecting even simple calculation, that cannot be entirely attributed to spatial disorders or to a generic impoverishment of processing resources as previously believed. The studies reported in this talk show instead how the right hemisphere has its own specific role and that only a bilateral orchestration between the respective functions of each hemisphere guarantees, in fact, precise calculation. Vis-à-vis these data, the traditional wisdom, that attributes to the right hemisphere a role mostly confined to spatial aspects of calculation, needs to be significantly reshaped. The question for the future is whether it is possible to precisely define the specific contribution of the right hemisphere in several aspects of calculation while highlighting the nature of the cross-talk between the two hemispheres.
The talk will take place at the Neurolinguistics Lab (21/4 Staraya Basmannaya st., room 510).
The language of the workshop is English, no translation will be provided.
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