The cross-cultural nature of the relationship between schizotypy and mixed-handedness

Hui Chun Tsuang, Wei J. Chen, Shu-Yu Kuo, Po Chang Hsiao

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Abstract

Positive schizotypy is associated with non-right-handedness, which includes left-and mixed-handedness. However, because the underlying mechanisms might be different, it is important to examine whether both left- and mixed-handedness are associated with a high incidence of schizotypy. During 2009-2010, we used both the Perceptual Aberration Scale and schizotypal Personality Questionnaire to assess 1315 undergraduate students in Taiwan for schizotypy and the Annett handedness questionnaire to assess handedness. Among the three-way classifications based on Annett's grouping, the fully left-handed group appeared to have the lowest score of positive schizotypy; next was the fully right-handed group and then the mixed-handed. Among the three-way classifications driven from cluster analysis, mixed-handers showed highest score of positive schizotypy. When handedness was treated continuously, both direction (e.g., Hand Preference Index) and consistency (e.g., Either hand use score) indicators were significantly correlated with schizotypy. The results of regression analyses showed that the quadratic handedness measure were negatively associated with schizotypy. The results remained similar after correcting for social pressure on left-handedness. In conclusion, the relationship between schizotypy and mixed-handedness appears to be cross-cultural. The dichotomous classification of handedness, right- vs. non-right-handedness, appears to be insufficient. Additional studies on the distinct mechanisms of mixed- and left-handedness are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-490
Number of pages15
JournalLaterality
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Cerebral lateralization
  • Handedness
  • Positive schizotypy
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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