Lateral Preferences and Human Behavior

  • Clare Porac
  • Stanley Coren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 1-11
  3. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 12-31
  4. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 32-49
  5. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 50-68
  6. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 69-92
  7. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 93-115
  8. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 116-127
  9. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 128-146
  10. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 147-156
  11. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 157-175
  12. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 176-191
  13. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 192-219
  14. Clare Porac, Stanley Coren
    Pages 220-231
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 233-283

About this book

Introduction

Lateral preferences are strange, puzzling, and on the surface, not particularly adaptive aspects of behavior. Why one chooses habitually to write or to brush the teeth with the right hand, while a friend or family member habitually uses the left hand, might be interesting enough to elicit some conversation over dinner or a drink, but certainly does not seem to warrant serious scientific study. Yet when one looks at human behaviors more carefully, one becomes aware that asymmet­ rical behaviors favoring one side or the other are actually a fairly universal characteristic of human beings. In the same way that we are right or left handed, we are also right or left footed, eyed, and eared. As a species, we are quite lopsided in our behavioral coordinations; furthermore, the vast majority of us are right sided. Considering that we are looking at a sizable number of behaviors, and at a set of biases that seem to be systematic and show a predictable skew in the popUlation, the problem takes on greater significance. The most obvious form of lateral preference is, of course, handedness. When studying behavioral asymmetries, this is the issue with which most investigators start. Actually, we entered this research area through a much different route. Around 1971 we became interested in the problem of eye dominance or eye preference. This is a behavior where the input to one eye seems to be preferred over that to the other in certain binocular viewing situations.

Keywords

Lateralität Psychopath Psychopathy START behavior coordination emotion environment family human behavior research sports stress teeth

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Porac
    • 1
  • Stanley Coren
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-8139-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-8141-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-8139-6
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