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ERIC Number: EJ934131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Hand Preference for Pointing Gestures and Bimanual Manipulation around the Vocabulary Spurt Period
Cochet, Helene; Jover, Marianne; Vauclair, Jacques
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v110 n3 p393-407 Nov 2011
This study investigated the development of hand preference for bimanual manipulative activities and pointing gestures in toddlers observed longitudinally over a 5-month period, in relation to language acquisition. The lexical spurt was found to be accompanied by an increase in the right-sided bias for pointing but not for manipulation. Moreover, results revealed a significant correlation between hand preference for imperative pointing gestures and manipulative activities in children who did not experience the lexical spurt during the observational period. By contrast, measures of handedness for declarative pointing were never correlated with those of handedness for manipulation. This study illustrates the complex relationship between handedness and language development and emphasizes the need to take the different functions of pointing gestures into account. (Contains 5 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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