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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


PORTELLANO PEREZ, José Antonio et al. The influence of socio-demographic variables and hand laterality on perceptual-motor skills in vehicle driving. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2007, vol.18, n.2, pp.181-202. ISSN 2174-0550.

The aim of this study was to check the influence of a number of sociodemographic variables (such as gender, age or educational level) and the righthandedness on the perceptual-motor tests currently used in Spain for getting and renewing a driving licence. A sample of 196 right-handed subjects was split in two groups (D+ and D-) depending on the consistency of their laterality. Both the socio-demographic variables and the type of laterality were correlated with the results in the computerized "Driver Test" battery. The results showed on one hand that females performed worse in perceptual-motor skills. On the other hand, a positive correlation was found between perceptual-motor performance and both education level and consolidated right-handedness (D+), and a negative correlation with age.

Keywords : Hand laterality; Vehicles driving; Perceptual-motor skills.

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