Handwriting Posture and Cerebral Organization

  • A. M. Weber
  • J. L. Bradshaw
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There seems little support for Levy’s (1982) revised hypothesis that writing hand/posture indexes lateralization of selected aspects of verbal or spatial functions. There is limited support from certain reading studies and dichotic listening studies using speech sounds, but even this evidence is at best equivocal. While there is some suggestion that motor control may be more bilaterally organized in inverters, the evidence so far is inconclusive and requires further clarification. Moreover, the notion of ipsilateral pyramidal control of writing movements in inverters is generally contradicted by the available data. Finally, there is evidence that callosal agenesis is not associated with inverted writing posture. In conclusion, we do not regard the modifications offered by Levy (1982) as adding substantially to her earlier position.


Left Visual Field Dichotic Listening Right Visual Field Cerebral Dominance Inverted Posture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Weber
    • 1
  • J. L. Bradshaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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