Limb laterality and motor proficiency in children

Misaki Iteya, Carl Gabbard*, Susan Hart

*Corresponding author for this work

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This investigation examined the premise derived from recent reports, that children who are consistent right-handers are better coordinated than their left- and mixed-sided (inconsistent) peers. The observation of limb laterality was extended to include footedness. Two samples of children (N=273) (foot laterality/hand laterality), matched for age and sex, were assessed for motor proficiency and compared according to limb preference (right, mixed, left). Overall, results indicated no significant group differences (ps > 05) in composite scores (upper-limb, lower-limb, combination) and total performance, within foot and hand laterality. In view of recent studies (noting differences between laterality groups) and these nonsupportive results, it appears that additional inquiry is warranted before any consensus regarding the association between limb laterality and motor coordination can be established. Suggestions for further inquiry are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Footedness
  • Handedness
  • Lateral preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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