Behavioral and Brain Sciences

open peer commentary

developmental systems, evolutionarily stable strategies, and population laterality

michael b. casey a1
a1 department of psychology, the college of wooster, wooster, oh 44691


multiple endogenous and exogenous prenatal influences interact to form a system that induces the development of individual lateralization across a range of perceptual and motor abilities in precocial birds. as these influences are nearly invariant for all species members, they produce a phylogenetic influence that creates high levels of population laterality and social cohesion in the postnatal state.