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Right handedness: A consequence of infant supine head orientation preference?

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: Most newborn infants (65 percent) preferred to lie with their heads turned to the right, whereas 15 percent showed a distinct preference for the left. Orientation preference is maintained for at least 2 months and predicts preferential hand use in reaching tasks at both 16 and 22 weeks. Right head-orientation preference in early infancy may contribute to the early development of right- handedness.

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Publication
Science 1981; 212:685-687
Language: English
Date: 1981
Keywords
Infant supine head-orientation preference, Right-handedness