Development of hand preferences in marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) and effects of aging. Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors investigated the development of unimanual hand use and hand preferences during feeding in 15 marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), ages birth to 51-70 months. Bimanual hand use was common at 1-2 months, but by 5-8 months unimanual holding had developed and so had significant hand preferences. Half of the marmosets preferred to pick up and take food to the mouth with the left hand, and half preferred the right hand. Individuals maintained the same hand preference at all ages examined. Significant relationships were also found between the postures adopted during feeding and the direction of hand preferences displayed by juvenile marmosets. There was a positive correlation between increased suspension and increased left-hand preference, and a negative correlation between increased feeding in a tripedal posture and increased left-hand preference. These results are discussed in terms of motor development and hemispheric specialization.

published proceedings

  • J Comp Psychol

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Hook, M. A., & Rogers, L. J.

citation count

  • 67

complete list of authors

  • Hook, MA||Rogers, LJ

publication date

  • September 2000