Dreaming, Handedness, and Sleep Architecture: Interhemispheric Mechanisms

Stephen D. Christman, Ruth Propper

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Research on individual differences in sleep as a function of handedness is reviewed. Special emphasis is placed on a new way of approaching handedness in terms of degree (strong/consistent versus mixed/inconsistent), as opposed to the traditional focus on direction (right versus left). Handedness differences in sleep architecture reflect increased time in REM sleep and decreased time in NREM sleep in consistent right-handers. A framework relating increased interhemispheric interaction in mixed-handers, increased interhemispheric interaction during episodic retrieval, increased interhemispheric interaction during NREM sleep, and the role of NREM sleep in memory consolidation is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Review of Neurobiology
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)0074-7742



  • Handedness
  • Individual differences
  • Interhemispheric interaction
  • Lateral dominance
  • Sleep

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Christman, S. D., & Propper, R. (2010). Dreaming, Handedness, and Sleep Architecture: Interhemispheric Mechanisms. In International Review of Neurobiology (C ed., pp. 215-232). (International Review of Neurobiology; Vol. 92, No. C). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0074-7742(10)92011-4