Hemispatial Biases in Children on the Draw-A-Person Test

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To investigate the development of hemispatial biases, lateralized placement of the human figure on the Draw-A-Person Test was compared for right- and left-handed children of different ages. For right-handed children, as in adults, biases were observed toward the left side of space, contralateral to the specialized hemisphere. Left-handed children were unbiased, consistent with findings that left-handers are less lateralized than right-handers. There were no significant changes in figure placement with increasing age, suggesting that hemispatial biases are present from the earliest age tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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