Handedness and spatial ability in children: further support for Geschwind's hypothesis of "pathology of superiority" and for Annett's theory of intelligence.

  • Natsopoulos D
  • Kiosseoglou G
  • Xeromeritou A
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Spatial ability of 60 left-handed and 60 right-handed school children was investigated using a battery of nine tasks. The results do not agree with Levy's (1969, 1976) theory predicting spatial inferiority of left-handed individuals. Instead, higher performance by left-handed children provided further support for Annett's (Annett & Manning, 1989) theory on intelligence and for Geschwind's (Geschwind & Galaburda, 1985) hypothesis of "pathology of superiority." The distinction of left-handed and right-handed individuals into familial and nonfamilial groups appeared to be psychologically equivocal according to our results.

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  • Aptitude
  • Aptitude*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Intelligence*
  • Male
  • Mental Recall
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Orientation
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Space Perception
  • Space Perception*
  • Visual

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  • PMID: 1618385
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0026814849
  • SGR: 0026814849
  • PUI: 22931687
  • ISSN: 8756-7547


  • D Natsopoulos

  • G Kiosseoglou

  • A Xeromeritou

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