Journal article

Physiological motor asymmetry in human handedness: evidence from transcranial magnetic stimulation.

WJ Triggs, R Calvanio, RA Macdonell, D Cros, KH Chiappa

Brain Res | Published : 1994


We hypothesized that human handedness might be associated with measurable differences in the excitability of the motor system. We compared the thresholds for electromyographic activation of the left and right abductor pollicis brevis (APB) and biceps muscles in 30 left-handers and 30 right-handers, by varying the direction of a brief monophasic pulse in a circular electromagnetic coil centered over the vertex of the scalp. In right-handers, we found that the threshold for activation of muscles in the right arm was lower than the threshold for activation of corresponding muscles in the left arm. In left-handers, the reverse was true. Threshold asymmetry was influenced significantly by the con..

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