Here is a selection of recent publications on language asymmetry from COLA members.


Bruckert, L., Thompson, P.A., Watkins, K.E., Bishop, D.V.M., & Woodhead, Z.V.J. (2021). Investigating the effects of handedness on the consistency of lateralization for speech production and semantic processing tasks using functional transcranial Doppler sonography. Laterality, 9, 1–26.

Johnstone, L. T., Karlsson, E. M., & Carey, D. P. (2021). Left-Handers Are Less Lateralized Than Right-Handers for Both Left and Right Hemispheric Functions. Cerebral Cortex

Learmonth, G., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2021). A meta-analysis of line bisection and landmark task performance in older adults. Neuropsychology Review

Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Berretz, G., Carey, D., Paracchini, S., Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Ocklenburg, S. (2020). Four meta-analyses across 164 studies on atypical footedness prevalence and its relation to handedness.  Scientific Reports, 10, 14501.

Papadatou-Pastou, M., Panagiotidou, D.A., Abbondanza, F., Fischer, U., Paracchini, S., & Karagiannakis, G. (2021). Hand preference and Mathematical Learning Difficulties: New data from Greece, the United Kingdom, and Germany and two meta-analyses of the literature. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 6, 1-54.

Parker, A.J., Egan, C., Grant, J.H., Harte, S., Hudson, B.T., & Woodhead, Z.V.J. (2021). The role of orthographic neighbourhood effects in lateralized lexical decision: a replication study and meta-analysis. PeerJ, 9:e11266

Woodhead, Z.V.J., Thompson, P.A., Karlsson, E.M., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2021). An updated investigation of the multidimensional structure of language lateralization in left- and right-handed adults: a test–retest functional transcranial Doppler sonography study with six language tasks. Royal Society Open Science, 8(2): 200696.


Bradshaw, A., Bishop, D., & Woodhead, Z. (2020). Testing the interhemispheric deficit theory of dyslexia using the visual half-field technique. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73, 1004–1016.

Bradshaw, A. R., Woodhead, Z. V. J., Thompson, P. A., & Bishop, D. V. M. (2020). Investigation into inconsistent lateralisation of language functions as a potential risk factor for language impairment. European Journal of Neuroscience, 51, 1106–1121.

Johnstone, L. T., Karlsson, E. M., & Carey, D. P. (2020). The validity and reliability of quantifying hemispheric specialisation using fMRI: Evidence from left and right handers on three different cerebral asymmetries. Neuropsychologia, 138, 107331. 

Newbury, D. F., Simpson, N. H., Thompson, P. A., & Bishop, D. V. (2020). Stage 2 Registered Report: Variation in neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with sex chromosome trisomies: testing the double hit hypothesis. Update.

Papadatou-Pastou, M., Ntolka, E., Schmitz, J., Martin, M., Munafo, M. R., Ocklenburg,S., & Paracchini, S. (2020). Human handedness: A meta-analysis.PsychologicalBulletin,146(6): 481-524. 

Parker, A. J., Woodhead, Z. V. J., Thompson, P. A., & Bishop, D. V. M. (2020). Assessing the reliability of an online behavioural laterality battery: a pre-registered study.

Thompson, P. A., Bishop, D. V. M., Eising, E., Fisher, S. E., & Newbury, D. F. (2020). Generalized Structured Component Analysis in candidate gene association studies: applications and limitations [version 2; peer review: 1 approved]. Wellcome Open Res, 4:142

Woodhead, Z. V. J., Rutherford H. A. & Bishop, D. V. M. (2020). Measurement of language laterality using functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound: a comparison of different tasks [version 3; peer review: 3 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. Wellcome Open Res, 3, 104


Hodgson, J. C., Tremlin, R., & Hudson, J. M. (2019). Disrupting the speech motor network: Exploring hemispheric specialization for verbal and manual sequencing using a dual-task approach. Neuropsychology, 33(8), 1101–1110. 

Karlsson, E. M., Johnstone, L. T., & Carey, D. P. (2019). The depth and breadth of multiple perceptual asymmetries in right handers and non-right handers. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 24(6), 707–739. 

Mohammadi, H., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2019). Cerebral laterality as assessed by hand preference measures and developmental stuttering. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-23.

Ocklenburg, S., Isparta, S., Peterburs, J., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2019). Pawpreferences in cats and dogs: Meta-analysis.Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain andCognition, 1-31. 10.1080/1357650X.2019.1578228

Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Berretz, G., Rook, N., Abdelkader Serir, A., Papadatou-Pastou,M., & Ocklenburg, O. (2019). Handedness and sex effects on lateral biases in humancradling: Three meta-analyses.Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 104,30-42. 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.06.035

Payne, H., Gutierrez-Sigut, E., Woll, B., & MacSweeney, M. (2019). Cerebral lateralisation during signed and spoken language production in children born deaf. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Woodhead, Z. V. J., Bradshaw, A. R., Wilson, A. C., Thompson, P. A., & Bishop, D. V. (2019). Testing the unitary theory of language lateralization using functional transcranial Doppler sonography in adults. Royal Society open science, 6(3), 181801. 


Hodgson, J. C., & Hudson, J. M. (2018). Speech lateralization and motor control. In Progress in Brain Research (pp. 145–178).

Ntolka, E., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2018). Right-handers have negligibly higher IQscores than left-handers: Systematic review and meta-analyses.Neuroscience &Biobehavioral Reviews, 84,376-393. 

Wilson AC, Bishop DVM. 2018. Resounding failure to replicate links between developmental language disorder and cerebral lateralisation. PeerJ 6:e4217

Wilson, A. C., & Bishop, D. V. (2018). Sex chromosome trisomies are not associated with atypical lateralization for language. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 60(11), 1132-1139.


Bradshaw, A. R., Thompson, P. A., Wilson, A. C., Bishop, D. V., & Woodhead, Z. V. (2017). Measuring language lateralisation with different language tasks: a systematic review. PeerJ, 5, e3929.

Bradshaw, Abigail R., Dorothy VM Bishop, and Zoe VJ Woodhead. “Methodological considerations in assessment of language lateralisation with fMRI: a systematic review.” PeerJ 5 (2017): e3557.

Kondyli, D., Stathopoulou, D., Badcock, N. A., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2017). Cerebral laterality for the generation of silent and written language in male and female right- and left-handers: A functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound study. Acta Neuropsychologica, 15(4), 407-432.

Markou, P., Ahtam, B., & Papadatou-Pastou, M. (2017). Elevated levels of atypicalhandedness in autism: Meta-analyses.Neuropsychology Review, 1-26.

Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Martin, M. (2017). Cerebral laterality for language is related to adult salivary testosterone levels but not digit ratio (2D: 4D) in men: A functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound study. Brain and Language, 166, 52-62.

Papadatou-Pastou, M., Martin, M., & Mohr, C. (2017). Salivary testosterone levels are unrelated to handedness or cerebral lateralization for language. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 22(2), 123-156.


Gutierrez-Sigut, E., Payne, H., MacSweeney, M. (2016). Examining the contribution of motor movement and language dominance to increased left lateralization during sign generation in native signers. Brain and Language, 159, 109-117. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2016.06.004

Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Sáfár, A. (2016). Handedness prevalence in the deaf: Meta-analyses.Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.60, 98-114.


Gutierrez-Sigut, E., Daws, R., Payne, H., Blott, J., Marshall, C., MacSweeney, M. (2015). Language lateralization of hearing native signers: A functional transcranial Doppler sonography (fTCD) study of speech and sign production. Brain and Language, 151, 23-34. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2015.10.006

Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Tomprou, D. M. (2015). Intelligence and handedness: Meta-analyses of studies on intellectually disabled, typically developing and giftedindividuals.Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 56,151-156,

Payne, H., Gutierrez-Sigut, E., Subik, J., Woll, B., MacSweeney, M. (2015). Stimulus rate increases lateralisation in linguistic and non-linguistic tasks measured by functional transcranial Doppler sonography. Neuropsychologia. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.04.019