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Ontogeny of infant bimanual reaching during the first year.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
George F. Michel, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Handedness and pattern of coordination during bimanual reaching were assessed separately for six groups of infants, 7 to 12 months old. Infants reached bimanually for a transparent toy-filled box. On some presentations of the box a low barrier was placed in the path of either the right or left hand, while on other presentations there was no barrier. The youngest and two oldest groups of infants were more likely thon the other age groups to perform simultaneous bimanual reaches with no barrier present, but when a barrier was present the 11.month-olds were most likely to continue to perform simultaneous reaches. This suggests that while infants as young as 7 months perform simultaneous reaches, the organization of these reaches may be different than for older infants. Hand-use preference contributed significantly to selection of a lead hand in non-simultaneous bimanual reaching. The 8-month group, which had the highest proportion of infants with a hand preference, was the only group likely to hit the barrier when it was placed on the nonpreferred side. Hand preference may, thus, bias the use of information about what the environment affords for action.

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Publication
Infant Behavior & Development. 1986; 9, 81-89
Language: English
Date: 1986
Keywords
Infant bimanual reaching, Handedness, Pattern of coordination