Movement related slow potentials. II. A contrast between finger and foot movements in left-handed subjects

Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1985 Feb;60(2):135-45. doi: 10.1016/0013-4694(85)90020-3.


Finger and foot movement related potentials (MRPs) were recorded over the frontal, central and parietal areas of both hemispheres in 20 left-handed subjects. A unilateral flexion of the index finger and a plantar flexion of the foot were studied on either side. MRPs were larger preceding foot movements than preceding finger movements, their onset being earlier also. Prior to a finger flexion amplitudes were larger over the hemisphere contralateral to the movement than over the ipsilateral hemisphere. Preceding a foot movement, however, amplitudes were larger over the ipsilateral hemisphere. These results indicate differently localized sources of the MRPs in the two kinds of movement, in accordance with data obtained in right-handed subjects. No indication of a hemisphere effect, possibly related to motor dominance, was found in left-handers. This is in contrast to a slight hemisphere effect found with foot movements in right-handed subjects in the former study.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Female
  • Fingers / physiology*
  • Foot / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement*