The lab studies motor skill in children and nonhuman primates, particularly how the hands are controlled. Our work examines links between motor abilities and cognition, including reasoning, communication, and language.


  • Boeving, E.R., Lacreuse, A., Hopkins, W.D., Phillips, K.A., Novak, M.A., & Nelson, E.L. (2015). Handedness influences intermanual transfer in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but not rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Experimental Brain Research, 233, 829-837. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-4158-8. Abstract
  • Nelson, E.L., Figueroa, A., Albright, S.N., & Gonzalez, M.F. (2015). Evaluating handedness measures in spider monkeys. Animal Cognition, 18 (1), 345-353. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-014-0805-5. Abstract
  • Nelson, E.L., Konidaris, G.D., & Berthier, N.E. (2014). Hand preference status and reach kinematics in infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 37 (4), 615-623. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.08.013. Abstract