Functional magnetic resonance imaging sequential-finger movement activation differentiating good and poor writers

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2009 Nov;31(8):967-83. doi: 10.1080/13803390902780201. Epub 2009 Apr 8.


Good and poor fifth-grade writers differed, after controlling for multiple comparisons, in 42 brain regions on group maps and then individual brain analyses for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) contrast between tapping adjacent fingers sequentially and same finger repeatedly. Of these, 11 regions were correlated with both handwriting and spelling (transcription). Gender differences on the fMRI contrast, with girls more activated, occurred only in left superior parietal, which was correlated with handwriting and spelling. Significance of serial organization of fingers for handwriting and spelling is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Brain / blood supply*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fingers / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Individuality
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Writing*


  • Oxygen