Laterality in African and Malagasy Prosimians

  • Jeannette P. Ward


The comparison of species, whether with respect to physical structure or behavioral capacity, is a powerful strategy in the attempt to gain insight into the systematics of the development of lifeforms. This strategy has, however, been more extensively and effectively employed in the study of the structure and physiology of organisms than of behavior. Most studies of animal behavior reported in the literatures of biology, ethology, neuroscience and psychology evaluate the behavior of a single species in terms of the adaptive significance for that species or in terms of its suitability as an animal model for human behavior. Even the two journals dedicated to species comparison (i.e., The Journal of Comparative Psychology and The International Journal of Comparative Psychology) have characteristically published more single species reports than those comparing the behavior of two or more species. In the study of primate behavior, there is currently an increasing incidence of reports of direct comparison of species along specific behavioral dimensions.


Hand Preference Mouse Lemur Comparative Psychology Primate Laterality Lateral Bias 
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  • Jeannette P. Ward
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of MemphisMemphisUSA

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