Author(s): Tan U
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Abstract The association between body size and the degree of hand preference was studied in male and female right- and left-handed human subjects. Hand preference was assessed by the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory. In left-handers (total sample), there was a significant, negative linear correlation between the degree of left-hand preference and body height. There was no significant correlation between these parameters if the males and females were considered separately. In right-handers (total sample), body height was found to be significantly and negatively linearly correlated with the degree of right-hand preference. A similar correlation was observed in males without familial sinistrality (FS-) and in FS+ females. There was no significant correlation between these parameters in FS+ right-handed males and FS- right-handed females. It was suggested that hormones affecting body height and brain size such as human growth hormone and testosterone would also contribute to the development of cerebral lateralization.
This article was published in Int J Neurosci
and referenced in International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology