Is handwriting posture associated with differences in motor control? An analysis of asymmetries in the readiness potential

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Neuropsychologia, ISSN: 0028-3932, Vol: 20, Issue: 3, Page: 327-346

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Theodore R. Bashore; Gregory McCarthy; Earle F. Heffley III; Ronald M. Clapman; Emanuel Donchin
Elsevier BV
Psychology; Neuroscience; Psychiatry and Psychology
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Levy and Reid's [1] hypothesis that person who write using the inverted posture have ipsilateral control of distal limb movements, particularly those involved in handwriting, was tested in three experiments in which asymmetries in the readiness potential (RP) were measured. In the first experiment, each subject executed a self-paced repetitive squeeze. Contralaterally larger RPs were recorded from all subjects, irrespective of handwriting posture. In two other experiments, subjects performed the self-paced squeeze in one condition and wrote a single word repetitively in an analogous condition. Larger RPs were recorded over the contralateral cerebral hemisphere in most inverted-writing subjects in both conditions. Ipsilaterally larger RPs were recorded, however, from some left-handers while writing. These findings suggest that, although control of certain movements may originate from the ipsilateral motor cortex in a small proportion of left-handers, handwriting posture does not index this difference.