Comparing human and nonhuman primate handedness: Challenges and a modest proposal for consensus
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 621–636, September 2013
How to Cite
Hopkins, W. D. (2013), Comparing human and nonhuman primate handedness: Challenges and a modest proposal for consensus. Dev. Psychobiol., 55: 621–636. doi: 10.1002/dev.21139
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 9 JAN 2013
- NIH. Grant Numbers: MH-92923, NS-42867, NS-73134, HD-56232, HD-60563
- measurement validity;
- comparative analysis
In the past 20–25 years, there have been a number of studies published on handedness in nonhuman primates. The goal of these studies has been to evaluate whether monkeys and apes show patterns of hand preference that resemble the right-handedness found in the human species. The extant findings on handedness in nonhuman primates have revealed inconsistent evidence for population-level handedness within and between species. In this article, I discuss some of the methodological and statistical challenges to comparative studies of handedness in human and nonhuman primates. I further offer a framework for developing some consensus on evaluating the validity of different handedness measures and the characterization of individual hand preferences. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 55: 621–636, 2013.