Kinematic Analyses of Manual Asymmetries in Visual Aiming Movements
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The right hand advantage has been thought to arise from the greater efficiency of the right hand/left hemisphere system in processing visual feedback information. This hypothesis was examined using kinematic analyses of aiming performance, focusing particularly on time after peak velocity which has been shown to be sensitive to visual feedback processing demands. Eight right-handed subjects pointed at two targets with their left and right hands with or without vision available and either as accurately or as fast as possible. Pointing errors and movement time were found to be smaller with the right hand. Analyses of the temporal components of movement time revealed that the hands differed only in time after peak velocity (in deceleration), with the right hand spending significantly less time. This advantage for the right hand, however, was apparent whether or not vision was available and only when accuracy was emphasized in performance. These findings suggest that the right hand system may be more efficient at processing feedback information whether this be visual or nonvisual (e.g., proprioceptive).
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