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Laterality

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Translational Research on Laterality: From Animals to Humans and Humans to Animals

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2025

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Gillian S Forrester, University of Sussex
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Martina Manns, Ruhr-Universität
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Lesley Rogers, University of New England
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Translational Research on Laterality: From Animals to Humans and Humans to Animals

Translational research is highly valuable for scientists and wider society; not only does it act as a bridge, connecting seemingly disparate fields via the adaptation of methods, concepts, theories and finding, it transfers fundamental scientific discoveries into practice. Traditionally, ‘translational research’ means putting discoveries made in the laboratory into clinical or agricultural practice. Most commonly, research on animals (as a model/proxy for humans) is translated for improving human lives. Its value hinges on the ability to adopt and/or adapt new knowledge and methodological techniques from one field of study to another, or from one species to another -or both. Laterality research provides an important opportunity for both humans and other animals to benefit even more from each other. While translational research generally focuses on adapting and applying ideas and techniques developed using animal models for application in humans, declining biodiversity creates a significant pressure for bi-directional translational practice. The use of humans as a model to better understand the physical and cognitive abilities of non-human animals is necessary to increase positive welfare and conservation action and, at the same time, to acknowledge our place as humans in a global ecosystem. Laterality research can make important contributions here, for example through studies which investigate how environmental or social factors influence lateralised neuronal anatomy/function and behaviour and vice versa. This special issue “Translational Research on Laterality: From Animals to Humans and Humans to Animals” therefore, seeks to show case broadly bidirectional translational research regarding the laterality of brains, behaviour and cognitive abilities. We invite research reports and commentary manuscripts that explore translational laterality research from animals to humans and/or from humans to animals.

Submission Instructions

  • We welcome high-quality empirical or review papers for the special issue
  • Please review the instructions for authors page on the journal website for the submission guidelines
  • Select the special issue title "Translational Research on Laterality: From Animals to Humans and Humans to Animals" when submitting your paper in the Submission Portal
  • The special issue is scheduled to published in early 2026.

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