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Title: Dyslexia and handedness: developmental phonological and surface dyslexias are associated with different biases for handedness.
Authors: Annett, Marian
First Published: Apr-2011
Publisher: Ammons Scientific
Citation: Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2011, 112 (2), pp. 417-425
Abstract: Developmental disorders of reading and spelling have long been associated with increased left- and mixed-handedness but the evidence has been controversial. The right shift (RS) theory of handedness and cerebral dominance, developed by Annett from 1972 onward, offers resolutions to several puzzles about laterality in the so-called dyslexias. This review of findings in the light of the theory shows that "phonological" dyslexics are less likely to be right-handed, while "surface" or "dyseidetic" dyslexics are more likely to be right-handed than the general population.
DOI Link: 10.2466/10.19.24.PMS.112.2.417-425
ISSN: 0031-5125
eISSN: 1558-688X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2011, Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The official published version of this article can be found at This is a final author's draft of the paper.
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