The Effect of Handedness on Supplementary Motor Area Activation during Complex Motor Tasks

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to assess the activity of supplementary motor area (SMA) in six right-handed and six left-handed healthy volunteers. Two manual tasks (self-initiated previously practiced and unpredictable visually guided) were used. Quantitative analysis of hemispheric and bilateral SMA activation was described as mean ± standard deviation of hot spots/total spots. The two tasks induced bilateral SMA activation. The laterality of SMA activation was affected by manual dominance. Left SMA was significantly more activated in right- and left-handers while performing the motor tasks with the right hand. Right SMA was more activated in the left-handers when the left hand was used. Task complexity was the most important factor influencing the degree of SMA activation.

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Dalla-Corte, A. , das Neves, C. , Anés, M. , Portuguez, M. and Dacosta, J. (2015) The Effect of Handedness on Supplementary Motor Area Activation during Complex Motor Tasks. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, 5, 458-469. doi: 10.4236/jbbs.2015.510044.

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