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Upper and lower body functional asymmetries in the newborn:Do they have the same lateral biases?

Domellof, Erik and Hopkins, Brian and Ronnqvist, Louise (2005) Upper and lower body functional asymmetries in the newborn:Do they have the same lateral biases? Developmental Psychobiology, 46 (2). pp. 133-140. ISSN 0012-1630

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Abstract

It is still an open question as to whether functional asymmetries in the human newborn derive from a single lateralized system or multiple subsystems based on different neural mechanisms. In the present study, asymmetries in head turning were compared to those in leg movements during stepping and placing, with the latter also being related to differences in leg mass. The effects of an active versus an inactive state or condition were examined for all three behaviors. No overall lateral biases were found for head turning or for the first foot to move in stepping and placing, and there were no concordances among them; however, there was an asymmetry in that the left foot had a shorter onset latency when compared to the right foot for both stepping and placing. Findings are discussed in terms of what they imply about underlying neural systems that have a bearing on expressions of newborn laterality, and also with regard to the impact of methodological differences in this area of study. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 46: 133–140, 2005.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Psychobiology
Uncontrolled Keywords: human newborn ; laterality ; stepping response ; head turning ; placing response
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 70056
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2014 10:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 06:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/70056

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