Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Right Left Disorientation

  • Jennifer Sue KleinerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_779

Synonyms

Directional orientation

Definition

The ability to discriminate left and right direction.

Current Knowledge

Right-left orientation refers to the ability to differentiate right-left directionality or location, typically referring to physical body parts of the individual as well as those of others. This is a developmental skill. Children are usually able to reliably identify the right and left sides of their own bodies by age 6 or 7 but might continue to have difficulty with more complex commands such as being asked to touch their left ear with their right hand. Task difficulty can be increased by requiring that the movements be carried out with the eyes closed. Even when this latter skill is mastered, usually by age 8 or 9, a few more years may be required before the child can consistently identify the right and left sides of someone facing them. Most adults can make personal as well as extrapersonal right-left discriminations, although slightly more women than men report minor...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Blandford Physician CenterLittle RockUSA