Reversal of handedness effects on bimanual coordination in adults with Down syndrome

G. M. Mulvey, Shannon Ringenbach, M. L. Jung

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Background Research on unimanual tasks suggested that motor asymmetries between hands may be reduced in people with Down syndrome. Our study examined handedness (as assessed by hand performance) and perceptual-motor integration effects on bimanual coordination. Methods Adults with Down syndrome (13 non-right-handed, 22 right-handed), along with comparison groups of adults (16 non-right-handed, 21 right-handed) and children (15 non-right-handed, 22 right-handed) without Down syndrome, drummed with auditory, verbal and visual instructions. Results In contrast to handedness effects in the children and adults without Down syndrome, right-handed participants with Down syndrome led more with the left hand, and had lower coordination stability than non-right-handed participants with Down syndrome. Conclusions The reversed handedness effect during bimanual coordination suggests a complex relationship between handedness and task requirements in adults with Down syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)998-1007
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Down syndrome
  • Handedness
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Interhemispheric interaction
  • Lateral dominance
  • Motor coordination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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