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Title: Hemispheric lateralisation and immune function: A systematic review of human research
Authors: Sumner, RC
Parton, A
Nowicky, AV
Kishore, U
Gidron, Y
Keywords: Hemispheric lateralisation;Immune function;Brain to immune communication;Immunomodulation;Humans;Diseases
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Neuroimmunology, 240-241, 1-12, 2011
Abstract: Past studies examined relationships between hemispheric lateralisation (HL) and immune system functioning. However, there has been no up-dated systematic review of this research area. This article reviews relevant published studies, evaluates study quality and effect sizes. Eleven studies were selected: three revealing a relationship between weaker left hemisphere function and poorer immune function, three describing a relationship between weaker right hemisphere function and stronger immune functioning, and five describing both relationships. Mean effect-size of the studies was r = 0.536 (range 0.280–0.866). Collectively, studies point at left-HL and stronger immunity relationships. Limitations, mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Journal of Neuroimmunology. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2011 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0165-5728
Appears in Collections:Biological Sciences
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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