Michael Peters

University Professor Emeritus
Neuroscience & Applied Cognitive Science
519-824-4120 x53597




BSc and MSc University of Calgary

PhD University of Western Ontario

Habilitation, Physiological Institute, University of Munich



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Selected Publications

50. Peters, M. (1988). The size of the corpus callosum in males and females: Implications of a lack of allometry. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 42, 313-324.
    51. Chrisjohn, R. D, Towson, S. M. J., Pace, D. F., & Peters, M. (1988). The WISC-R in a native application: External and internal analysis. In J. Berry & R. C. Annis (Eds.), Ethnic Psychology (pp.275-284). Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger.xx
    52. Peters, M. (1988). The primate mouth as agent of manipulation and its relation to human handedness.Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 11, 729.
    53. Peters, M., & Schwartz, S. (1988). Coordination of the two hands and effects of attentional manipulation in the production of a bimanual 2:3 polyrhythm. Australian Journal of Psychology, 41, 215-224.
    54. Peters, M. (1989). Do feedback processing, output variability and spatial complexity account for manual asymmetries ? Journal of Motor Behavior, 21, 151-155.
    55. Peters, M. (1989). The relationship between variability of intertap intervals and interval duration. Psychological Research, 51, 38-42.
    56. Peters, M.,  Servos, P. (1989). Performance of subgroups of lefthanders, and righthanders. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 43, 341-358.
    57. Peters, M., Servos, P., & Day, R. (1990). Marked Sex Differences on a Fine Motor Skill Task disappear when Finger Size is used as Covariate. Journal of Applied Psychology, 75, 87-90.
    58. Peters, (1990). Phenotype in Normal Lefthanders: An understanding of phenotype is the basis for understanding mechanism and inheritance of handedness. in S. Coren (Ed.), Left-handedness: Behavioral implications and anomalies, Advances in Psychology Series (pp. 167-192): Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    59. Peters, M. (1990). Subclassification of lefthanders poses problems for theories of handedness. Neuropsychologia, 28, 279-289.
    60. Peters, M. (1990). Neuropsychological identification of motor problems: Can we learn something from the feet and legs that hands and arms will not tell us ? Neuropsychology Review, 1, 165-183.
    61. Peters, M. (1990). Interaction of vocal and manual movements. In G. Hammond (Ed.) Cerebral control of speech and limb movement. Advances in Psychology (pp. 535-574). Amsterdam: North-Holland
    62. Servos, P., & Peters, M. (1990). A Clear Left Hemisphere Advantage for Visuo-Spatially based Verbal Categorizations. Neuropsychologia, 28, 1251-1260.xx
    63. Peters, M. (1991). Sex, handedness, mathematical ability and biological causation. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 45, 415-419.
    64. Peters, M. (1991). Sex Differences in Human Brain Size and the General Meaning of Differences in brain size. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 45, 507-522.
    65. Peters, M. (1991). Laterality and motor control. In G. R. Bock & J. Marsh (Eds.) Biological asymmetry and handedness, CIBA Symposium 162 (pp. 300-311). London: Wiley.
    66. Peters, M., & Perry, R. (1991). No link between lefthandedness and maternal age and no elevated accident rate in lefthanders. Neuropsychologia, 29, 1257-1259.
    67. Peters (1992). How sensitive are handedness prevalence figures to differences in handedness classification procedures ? Brain and Cognition, 18, 208-215.
    68. Peters, M. & Murphy, K. (1992). Cluster analysis reveals at least three, and possibly five distinct handedness groups. Neuropsychologia, 30, 373-380.
    69. Peters, M. (1992). Cerebral asymmetry for Speech and the Asymmetry in Path Lengths for the Right and Left Recurrent Nerves. Brain and Language, 43, 349-352.
    70. Peters, M.  & Pang, J. (1992), Do "right-armed" lefthanders have different lateralization of motor control for the proximal and distal musculature ? Cortex, 22, 391-399.
    71. Peters, M., & Murphy, K. (1993). Factor analyses of pooled hand questionnaire data are of questionable value. Cortex, 29, 305-413.
    72. Peters, M. (1993).  Still No Convincing Evidence of a Relation between Brain Size and Intelligence in Humans. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 47, 751-772.
    73. Alyman, C., & Peters, M. (1994). Performance of Male and Female Children, Adolescents and Adults on Spatial Tasks that involve Everyday Objects and Settings. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 47, 730-747.xx
    74. Peters, M. (1994). When attention can absolutely not be divided. Journal of Motor Behavior. 26, 196-199.
    75. Peters, M. (1994). Does handedness play a role in the coordination of bimanual movemement ? In S. Swinnen, H. Heuer, J. Massion, & P. Caesar (Eds.) Interlimb coordination (pp. 595-615) . New York: Academic Press.
    76. Murphy, K., & Peters, M. (1994). Right-handers and left-handers show differences and important similarities in task integration when performing manual and vocal tasks concurrently. Neuropsychologia, 32, 663-674.xx
    77. Peters, M., Chisholm, P., & Laeng, B. (1995). Spatial ability, student gender and academic performance. Journal of Engineering Education, 84, 69-73.
    78. Laeng, B. & Peters, M. (1995). Cerebral Lateralization for the Processing of Spatial Coordinates and Categories in Left- and Right-handers. Neuropsychologia, 33, 421-439.xx
    79. Peters, M. (1995). Does Brain size matter ?: reply to Rushton and Ankney. Canadian Journal of Psychology, 49, 570-576.
    80. Peters, M. (1995). Handedness and its relation to other indices of cerebral lateralization. In R. Davidson and K. Hugdahl (Eds.). Brain Asymmetry. (pp. 183-214). Boston, Mass.: MIT Press.
    81. Peters, M., Laeng, B., Latham, K., Jackson, M., Zaiyouna, R. and Richardson, C. (1995). A Redrawn Vandenberg & Kuse Mental Rotations Test: Different Versions and Factors that affect Performance. Brain and Cognition, 28, 39-58.
    82. Peters, M. (1995). Race differences in brain size: Things are not as clear as they seem to be. American Psychologist, 50, 947-948.
    83. Peters, M. (1995). R - L skill distributions and their Relation to the Balanced Polymorphism Model of Handedness. Current Psychology of Cognition, 14, 586-595.
    84. Peters, M. (1995). Essay review of P. Rushton "Race, evolution, and behavior". Aggressive Behavior, 21, 463-468.
    85. Peters, M., & Campagnaro, P. (1996). Do women really excel over men in fine motor dexterity ? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22, 1107-1112.
    86. Peters, M. (1996). Hand preference and performance in lefthanders. In D. Elliott and E. A Roy (Eds.), Manual asymmetries, pp. 99-120. Boca Raton, Fl: CRC Press.
    87. Peters, M. (1997). Left and Right in Classical Italy and Greece. Laterality, 2, 3-6.
    88. Peters, M. (1997. Sex Differences in Intercepting a moving Target by Throw or Button Press. Journal of Motor Behavior, 29, 290-296.
    89. Peters, M. (1998). Description and Validation of a Flexible and Broadly Usable Hand Preference Questionnaire. Laterality, 3, 77-96.    
    90. Peters, M., & Brooke, J. (1998). Conduction velocity in muscle and cutaneous afferents in humans. Journal of Motor Behavior, 30, 285-287.
    91. Laeng, B., Peters, M., & McCabe, R. (1998). Memory for locations within regions: spatial biases and visual hemifield differences. Memory & Cognition, 26, 97-107.xx
    92. Peters, M., Jäncke, L., Staiger, J. F., Schlaug, G., Huang, Y., &  Steinmetz, H. (1998). Unsolved problems in comparing brain sizes in Homo Sapiens. Brain and Cognition, 37, 254-285.  
    93. Jäncke, L.,Peters, M., G. Schlaug, G., Posse, S., H. Steinmetz, H.,  H.-W. Müller-Gärtner, H.-W. (1998). Differential magnetic resonance signal change in human sensorimotor cortex to finger movements of different rate of the dominant and subdominant hand. Cognitive Brain Research,(6)4, 279-284.xx
    94. Peters, M. & Ivanoff, J. (1999). Performance asymmetries in computer mouse control for righthanders, and lefthanders with left- and righthanded mouse experience. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31, 86-94.
    95. Jäncke, L., Specht, K., Mirzazade, S., & Peters, M.. (1999). The effect of finger-movement speed of the dominant and the subdominant hand on cerebellar activation: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroimage, 9, 497-507.xx
    96. Corballis, M., McManus, C., & Peters, M. (Eds.) (1999). Special Issue: Twin lateralisation: biology and psychology. Laterality, 4, 193-320.  xx
    97. Peters, M. (2000). The Importance of the Autonomic Nervous System for Theories of Cognitive Brain Function. Brain and Cognition, 42, 93-94.
    98.  Jäncke, L., Peters, M., Himmelbach, M.., Nösselt, T., Shah, J., & Steinmetz, H. (2000).  FMRI study of bimanual coordination. Neuropsychologia, 38, 164-174.xx
    99. Peters, M. , Jäncke, L. , and Zilles, K. (2000) Comparison of overall brain volume and midsagittal corpus callosum surface area as obtained from NMR scans and direct anatomical measures: a within-subject study on autopsy brains. Neuropsychologia, 38, 1375-1381.
    100. Peters, M. (2000). Contributions of imaging techniques to our understanding of handedness. In Manas K. Mandal, M. B. Bulman-Fleming & G. Tiwari, (Eds.). Side-bias : A neuropsychological  perspective: Dordrecht, pp. 191-222: Kluwer Academic Publishers
    101. Ivanoff, J., & Peters, M. (2000) A shift of attention may be necessary, but it is not sufficient for the generation of the Simon effect. Psychological Research , 64, 117-135.xx
    102. MacKenzie, K., & Peters, M. (2000). Handedness, hand roles and hand injuries at work. Journal of              Safety Research, 31, 221-227.xx
    103. Winston, A., & Peters, M. (2000). Presentation and interpretation of international homicide data. Psychological Reports, 86, 865-871.  xx
    104.  Jäncke, L., Shah, N. J., & Peters, M. (2000). Cortical activations in primary and secondary motor areas for complex bimanual movments in professional pianists.  Cognitive Brain Research, 10, 177-183.
    105. Peters, M. (2000). Comment on “Hausmann and Güntürkin: the influence of sex hormones on functional cerebral asymmetries”. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 11, 220-221.xx
    106. Peters, M., Tan, U., Kang, Y., Teixeira, L., & Mandal, M. (2002). Sex-specific finger-length patterns linked to behavioral variables; consistency across various human populations. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 94, 171-181.
    107. Peters, M., MacKenzie, K., & Bryden, P. (2002). Finger Length and Distal Finger Extent Patterns in Humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 117, 209-217.
    108.  Peters, M., Oeltze, S. , D. Seminowicz, D., Steinmetz, H.,  Koeneke, S. and Jäncke, L. (2002). Subdivision of the Corpus Callosum into Subregions. Brain & Cognition, 50, 62-72.
    109. Jordan, K., Wüstenberg, T., Heinze, H-J., Peters, M., Jäncke, L. (2002). Women and men exhibit different cortical activation patterns during mental rotation tasks. Neuropsychologia, 40, 2397-2408.xx
    110. Coolican, J., and Peters, M. (2003). Sexual dimorphism in the 2D:4D ratio and its relation to mental rotation performance. Evolution and Human Behavior, 24, 179-183.xx
    111.  Peters, M. (2004) Latéralité à l’âge adulte.  In J. Fagard (Ed.) Droitiers / gauchers: Des asymétries dans tous les sens, (pp. 81-95). Paris: Solal.
    112. Barnett-Cowan, M. Peters, M.  (2004). Does handedness influence the strength of phantom limb illusions in the virtual reality box ?  Brain & Cognition , 55, 275-276.
    113.  Jaspers-Fayer, F., Peters, M.  (2005).  Hand Preference, Magical Thinking and Left/Right Confusion, Laterality , 10, 183-191.xx  
    114.  Peters, M.  (2005).  Sex differences and the factor of time in solving Vandenberg & Kuse mental rotation problems.  Brain & Cognition , 57, 176-184.
     115.  Jordan, K., Wüstenberg, T. Jaspers-Fayer,  F., Fellbrich, A., and Peters, M.  (2006).  Sex differences in left/right confusion,  Cortex , 42, 69-78.xx
        116. Peters, M., Lehmann, W., Takahira, S., Takeuchi, Y., Jordan, K. (2006). Mental Rotation Test performance in four cross-cultural samples (n = 3367) : Overall Sex differences and the role of Academic Program in performance.  Cortex, 42(7), 1005-1014.
    117. Jäncke, L., Baumann S., Koeneke S., Meyer M., Laeng B., Peters M., Lutz, K.U. (2006). Neural control of playing a reversed piano: Empirical evidence for an unusual cortical organisation of musical functions,  Neuroreport, 17, 447-451.xx
    118.   Peters, M., Reimers, S., Manning, J.  T.   (2006) Hand Preference for Writing and Associations with Selected Demographic and Behavioural Variables in 255,100 Subjects: The BBC Internet Study.  Brain & Cognition, 62(2), 177-189.
    119. Manning, J. T, Churchill, A. J.G., & Peters, M. (2007). The Effects of Sex, Ethnicity, and Sexual orientation on Self-Measured Digit Ratio (2D:4D). Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(2), 223-233.xx
    120. Maylor, E.A., Reimers, S., Choi, J., Collaer, M. L., Peters, M., & Silverman, I. (2007). Gender and Sexual orientation differences in cognition across adulthood: Age is kinder to women than to men regardless of sexual orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(2), 235-249.xx
    121. Peters, M., Manning, J. T., Reimers, S. (2007). The effects of sex, sexual orientation, and digit ratio (2D:4D) on mental rotation performance, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(2), 251-260.
    122.  Silverman, I., Choi, J., & Peters, M. (2007). The hunter-gatherer theory of spatial sex differences: data from 40 countries. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(2), 261-268.xx
    123.  Peters, M. & Battista, C.  (2008). Applications of mental rotation figures of the Shepard and Metzler type and description of a Mental Rotation Stimulus Library.  Brain and Cognition, 66,260-264.
    124. Koeneke,S., Battista, C., Jäncke, L. & Peters, M.  (2009). Transfer effects of practice for simple alternating movements.  Journal of Motor Behavior, 41(4), 345-355.xx
    126. Manning, J., & Peters, M.  (2010). Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and Hand Preference for Writing in the BBC Internet Study.  Laterality, 14(5), 528-540.
    125. Lippa, R., Collaer, M., & Peters, M.  (2010). Sex Differences in Mental Rotation and Line Angle Judgments Are Positively Associated with Gender Equality and Economic Development across 53 Nations.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(4), 990-997.
    127. Battista, C.  & Peters, M.  (2010).  Ecological Aspects of Mental Rotation around the Vertical and Horizontal axis. Learning and Individual Differences, 31(2), 110-113.




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