Handedness effects in kinesthetic spatial location judgements

Cortex. 1978 Jun;14(2):250-8. doi: 10.1016/s0010-9452(78)80051-3.


This experiment examines hemispheric assymetry in reproduction of spatial location in the kinesthetic modality. Using a dichotomous presentation technique, blindfolded, right-handed subjects moved both arms (arm positioning task) or the thumb (thumb positioning task) of each hand simultaneously to predetermined spatial locations and were subsequently asked to reproduce these locations. The results showed a marked left hand advantage only in the thumb positioning task suggesting that the right hemisphere was superior in performing this task. These data were discussed as they relate to other evidence pertaining to cerebral hemispheric specialization in motor activities.

MeSH terms

  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Judgment*
  • Kinesthesis*
  • Male
  • Space Perception*