Manual Skills, Handedness and the Organization of Language in the Brain: Interrelations between the Planning of Tool Use, Gestures and Concepts (6/00174)
Project Leader: Prof. dr. hab. Grzegorz Króliczak
Institute of Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland


In this project we aim to advance scientific knowledge on relations between the neural organization of planning simple and complex manual skills, the use of tool-related concepts and gestures, and the control of basic language functions. It is often thought that language evolved from manual skills. Therefore, one of our goals is to identify common processes (a network of simpler mechanisms) underlying all these apparently different human dispositions. These processes should be similarly organized in the brain, independently of participants’ handedness.

Selected publications:

Króliczak, G., Przybylski, L., Bidula, S., & Pawlak, M. (2014). Hand-dependent and hand-independent cerebral asymmetries in the praxis representation network during planning of functional grasps. Journal of Vision, vol. 14, no. 10, article 307 (August 22). (Poster presentation at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, May 2014). doi: 10.1167/14.10.307