A Prospective Study of the Development of Laterality: Neonatal Laterality in Relation to Perinatal Factors and Maternal Behavior

@article{Thompson1993APS,
  title={A Prospective Study of the Development of Laterality: Neonatal Laterality in Relation to Perinatal Factors and Maternal Behavior},
  author={Ann M. Thompson and James L. Smart},
  journal={Cortex},
  year={1993},
  volume={29},
  pages={649-659}
}
As part of an investigation of the development of laterality, 150 neonates were tested for bilateral asymmetries in behavior. Palmar and plantar grasping, and head-turning preference were measured, and observations were made of the way mothers held their babies and laid them in their cribs. Overall, right head-turning predominated. However, the side on which the baby had been lain pre-test markedly affected head-turning behavior: 120 of 147 babies turned predominantly to the right after lying… CONTINUE READING