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


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.

Bruckert, L., Thompson, P. A., Watkins, K. E., Bishop, D., & Woodhead, Z. (2020). Investigating the effects of handedness on the consistency of lateralisation for speech production and semantic processing tasks using functional transcranial Doppler sonography.

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., Egan, C., Grant, J., Harte, S., Hudson, B. T., & Woodhead, Z. V. J. (2020). The role of orthographic neighbourhood effects in lateralized lexical decision: A replication study and meta-analysis. 

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

Woodhead, Z. V. J., Thompson, P. A., Karlsson, E., & Bishop, D. V. M. (2020). Investigating multidimensionality of language lateralisation in left and right handed adults: an update on Woodhead et al. 2019.


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