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The right shift (RS) theory suggests that lateral asymmetries arise from accidental differences between the sides of the body. There is an additional specific influence on human brain asymmetry, an RS + gene present in some but not all people, that induces advantage for the left hemisphere by weakening the right hemisphere. The theory explains associations(More)
Questions about twin birth, sex, age and handedness for writing were asked as part of a survey of hearing disability (Davis, 1989) in a large sample of the adult population. The findings show unequivocally that the prevalence of left handedness is higher in twins than in the singleborn, in males than in females and in younger than in older adults. There was(More)
BACKGROUND The right shift (RS) theory of handedness suggests that poor phonology may occur in the general population as a risk associated with absence of an agent of left cerebral speech, the hypothesised RS + gene. The theory predicts that poor phonology is associated with reduced bias to right-handedness. METHODS A representative cohort of primary(More)
Anomalous lateralization of cognitive functions is observed in a small percentage of right-handed patients with unilateral brain damage, either crossed aphasia (aphasia after right brain damage) or "crossed nonaphasia" (left brain damage without aphasia but with visuospatial and other deficits typical of right brain damage). No comprehensive theory of these(More)
This paper explains how combinations of asymmetries for pairs of laterality variables may be predicted. It shows that many pairs combine as expected by chance, plus the influence of the RS+ gene hypothesised by Annett (1978, 1985). These include: eye dominance with writing hand, with throwing hand, and with foot for kicking; nonright handedness with planum(More)