Eye-hand preference in schizophrenia: Sex differences and significance for hand function

Yi Chia Liu, Yen Kuang Yang, Keh Chung Lin, I. Hui Lee, Keith J. Jeffries, Li Ching Lee

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Hand preference and eye dominance were investigated in 73 (30 women, 43 men) schizophrenic patients and 71 (30 women, 41 men) healthy controls. There were significantly more schizophrenic patients and normal controls who were significantly right-hand dominant. However, schizophrenic patients showed a significant excess of left-eye dominance relative to controls (65.8% vs 29.6%; Odds Ratio = 4.75, p<.001). In addition, female schizophrenic patients showed a higher rate of non-right (either left or inconsistent) eye dominance (80%) than male schizophrenic patients (55.8%) and controls (33.3%). Analysis of hand performance on the Purdue Pegboard Test indicated that schizophrenic patients who showed crossed eye-hand dominance scored higher than did patients without crossed eye-hand dominance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1233
Number of pages9
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3 II
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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