Hand preference as related to development and behavior in infancy

Emanuel Tirosh, Mordehai Stein, Judith Harel, Anat Scher

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55 healthy infants were assessed for their developmental and behavioral patterns at the age of 9 mo. Hand preference was assessed at 20 mo. of age. The distribution of hand preference showed 12 were right-handed, 11 left-handed and 23 ambidextrous. This distribution appears shifted more to the left than that reported for older children. Although their data were based on different tests not appropriate for 9-mo.-old infants, ambidexterity appeared to reflect part of the hand-preference continuum. No significant relationship between hand preference and developmental attainments was noted. Perhaps a larger sample would provide a clear developmental behavioral pattern and hand preference in infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-380
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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