Hand preference for pointing and language development in toddlers
Article first published online: 27 AUG 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 55, Issue 7, pages 757–765, November 2013
How to Cite
Vauclair, J. and Cochet, H. (2013), Hand preference for pointing and language development in toddlers. Dev. Psychobiol., 55: 757–765. doi: 10.1002/dev.21073
- Issue published online: 10 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 27 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 17 FEB 2012
- French National Research Agency (ANR). Grant Number: ANR-08-BLAN-0011_01
- communication development;
- pointing gestures;
- hemispheric specialization;
- developmental quotient
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between hand preference for communicative gestures and language during development. Hand preference for pointing gestures and level of language were assessed in 46 toddlers between 12 and 30 months of age. Results showed a right-hand preference for pointing and the use of a developmental quotient (DQ) for language revealed a significant correlation between the degree of hand preference and DQ for language in children with a quotient above 100. Thus, these children were more right-handed for pointing gestures as DQ increased. These results highlight the close association between the development of hand preference for pointing and the speed of language development, suggesting a new direction for studies of language–gesture links in toddlers. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 55: 757–765, 2013.