Re: Gender and Cognitive Style

Joe E. Dees (
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 18:36:12 -0600

Date sent:      	Sun, 22 Nov 1998 11:06:30 +1100
From:   (Patrick Wilken)
Subject:        	Re: Gender and Cognitive Style
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> At 5:07 AM 22-11-98, Michael Lorrey wrote:
> >Patrick Wilken wrote:
> >>It has nothing to do with handness (lefthanders show the
> >> same bias)
> >>
> >would want to hold an infant on the left to leave the right hand free to hold a
> >rock, spear, or other weapon. I would venture to guess that the vast majority
> >of people and apes will hold a baby on the non-dominant side to leave the
> >dominant hand free, whether the individual is right or left handed.
> Mike:
> If that were the case why would lefthanders show exactly the same bias??
> best, patrick
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> Patrick Wilken
> Editor: PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness
> Secretary: The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
It has also been hypothecized that opposed control has survival value; If one is attacked from one side, it is better for the sensorimotor complex for that side to be on the other (leeward) side so that a head blow would not disable it and it would remain available

for defence.                                Joe