ERIC Number: EJ777412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Cultural and Environmental Influences on Footedness: Cross-Sectional Study in Urban and Semi-Urban Malawi
Zverev, Y. P.; Mipando, M.
Brain and Cognition, v65 n2 p177-183 Nov 2007
The present study was designed to assess cultural and environmental pressure against left-foot preference in urban and semi-urban Malawi. The findings demonstrated that, when compared to handedness, footedness appeared to be less biased behavioral laterality in culturally restrictive communities. The percentage of responders with negative views on left-foot preference was lower than that on left-hand preference (57% vs. 75%) and a smaller proportion of volunteers suggested that left-footers should be forced to change the foot (63.5% vs. 87.6%). In total, mobilizing and stabilizing tasks scored similar proportions of negative responses. Expectation of inferior performance of the left foot than the right one was the major reason for negative views on left-foot preference. Gender and driving experience had significant but weak effect on the view on left-foot preference. Most of the responders (74%) suggested that left-footers should change the foot in early family environment.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Environmental Influences, Family Environment, Handedness, Human Body, Negative Attitudes, Urban Areas, Expectation, Gender Differences, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Malawi