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Volume 20 Issue 4 (November 2002), Pages 465-622

The role of handedness in graphic production: Interactions between biomechanical and cognitive factors in drawing development (pages 581-599)

In this study, the interaction of biomechanical and cognitive factors in drawing development was explored. Children (4‐ to 6‐year‐olds) and adults copied four shapes (two familiar and two novel) six times alternating between their dominant and non‐dominant hands (starting hand was counterbalanced). Similarity in the production sequences within and across hands was compared. The results suggest that production sequences are influenced by specific motor experiences yet highlight the importance of cognitive constraints on the drawing process.

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