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 [email protected]


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.