Hemispheric Lateralization and Social Comparison.
STANFORD UNIV CA LAB FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
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Our objective in this report is to demonstrate the feasibility of inquiry into the effect of social comparison situations on hemispheric lateralization. We present the procedures and the results, within a particular research setting, of several exploratory studies which taken together suggest that linkages can be demonstrated between lateralization and social variables. Physiology dynamically reflects social interaction barchas, 1976. Research which demonstrates that position in the social structure is apt to elicit predictable physiological responses has focused mainly on aspects of interpersonal hierarchical structures. In this arena, there is sufficient evidence from our laboratory and others to show that hormonal physiological processes are altered by social life barchas and Barchas, 1975, 1977. There is evidence now that there are patterned relationships between the central nervous system and social behavior as well barchas, Ecker, Jose, Kopell, and Roth, 1975 Jose, 1977. This report focuses upon the effect of certain elements of social behavior on the laterlization of cerebral alpha activity.