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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2000 Jul;188(7):422-7.

Associations among dissociative experiences, handedness, and demographic variables in a nonclinical population.

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Department of Psychiatry, Turku University Central Hospital, Finland.


Handedness is considered an indirect marker for bilateral language capacity in the brain. The Edinburgh Inventory for Handedness and the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) were administered to 297 nonclinical volunteers. Female sex, young age, and non-right handedness accounted for 24% of the total variance on the DES, including both pathological and nonpathological dissociative experiences. This is consistent with the hypothesis that cerebral lateralization indicating handedness is a predisposing factor for dissociative episodes especially in female subjects.

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