Publication
Title
Human bodily asymmetry relates to behavioral lateralization and may not reliably reflect developmental instability
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Abstract
Background: The link between behavioral lateralization and bodily asymmetry in humans is studied to investigate the reliability of fluctuating asymmetry as a measure of developmental instability; (2) Methods: Morphological asymmetries of arms and legs, obtained from 3D body scans, were correlated with different measures of behavioral lateralization; (3) Results: Observed associations were in the directions expected, showing that more asymmetric use of the body increases asymmetry, especially in the arms, and more symmetric body use appears to have a symmetrizing effect; and (4) Conclusions: The results presented here question the suitability of human bodily asymmetry in arms and legsor at least part of themas a measure of developmental instability. There is a need for future research that identifies regions of the body that are not affected by behavioral lateralization and can reliably reflect developmental instability.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Symmetry
Symmetry
Publication
2018
ISSN
2073-8994
Volume/pages
10 :4 (2018) , 7 p.
Article Reference
117
ISI
000435185200040
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 18.04.2018
Last edited 25.09.2021
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