9 Postnotes right brain


COPIED FROM SCHORE     chapter 1 affect regulation

“This prefrontal region comes to act in the capacity of an executive control function for the entire right cortex, the hemisphere that modulates affect, nonverbal communication, and unconscious processes.  Early object relational experiences are not only registered in the deep unconscious, they influence the development of the psychic systems that process unconscious information for the rest of the lifespan.  In this manner, the child’s first relationship, the one with the mother, acts as a template for the imprinting of circuits in the child’s emotional-processing right brain, thereby permanently shaping the individual’s adaptive or maladaptive capacities to enter into all later emotional relationships.  (schore/ar/18)”

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“Most intriguingly, the activity of this “nondominant” hemisphere, and not the later-maturing “dominant” verbal-linguistic left, is instrumental to the capacity of empathic cognition and the perception of the emotional states of other human beings (referring to Voeller, 1986).  The right brain plays a superior role in the control of vital functions supporting survival and enabling the organism to cope actively and passively with stress and external challenge.  Indeed, the right brain is thought to contain the essential elements of the self system (Mesulam & Geschwind, 1978; Schore, 1994 – quoting here).  (schore/ar/18)”

“The right hemisphere contains an affective-configurational representational system, one that encodes self-and-object images unique from the lexical-semantic mode of the left (refer watt, 1990).  (schore/ar/19)”


schore/ar/23 – differences in men and women’s wiring of the limbic system

episodic memory and free association and right brain

normal dreaming activity = right brain


copied from schore ar chap 3

p 60

“The early-maturing right hemisphere is dominant for the first 3 years of life (Chiron et al., 1997)

and is specialized for the processing of emotional information (…bunch of schore article refs)…. This is due to the fact that

this cortex, more so than the left, is anatomically connected into the limbic system, the brain network that “derives subjective information in terms of emotional feelings that guide behavior” (MacLean, 1985, p.220).  In fact,

this hemisphere plays an essential role in the nonconscious appraisal of the positive or negative emotional significance of social stimuli via a mechanism similar to Freud’s pleasure-unpleasure principle (schore, 199b).

The right hemisphere is dominant for the perception of nonverbal emotional expressions embedded in facial and prosodic stimuli (bunch of refs)…,

even at unconscious levels, (bunch of refs)…

for nonverbal communication (ref)…,

and for implicit learning (Hugdahl, 1995).  (schore/ar/61)”


“The early social environment can positively and negatively influence the emergence of the early developing “primitive” (Tucker, 1992) right brain.  Indeed,

this hemisphere is dominant for affect regulation,

and for generating coping strategies that support survival and enable the individual to cope with stresses and challenges (Schore, 1994; Sullivan & Gratton, (schore/ar/61) 199; Whittling & Schweiger, 1993).  [this is copied from schore ar chap 3]


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