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UNCG Photo by Chris English - 3/23/2009 - UNCG graduate student Julie Campbell works with a mother and child during an Infant Sensorimotor Development study at the university's Infant Development Center.  In studies spanning more than three decades, Dr. George Michel, a developmental psychobiologist and head of the psychology department at UNCG, has tracked the development of handedness in infants, from their birth position in the uterus to 18 months old. His research has shown that the position of a baby's head in utero influences which hand that baby will later use to reach for objects.  Currently he's overseeing a five-year study of handedness in 250 babies ages 5 months to 15 months old. The work is funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant totaling nearly $1 million.