Summary: Karasik, Adolph, Tamis-LeMonda & Bornstein 1
WEIRD walking: Cross-cultural research on motor development
Lana B. Karasik,1
Karen E. Adolph,2
Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda,2
and Marc H.
NICHD, Bethesda, MD 20892-7971; 2
New York University, New York, NY
Abstract: Motor development traditionally studied in WEIRD populations falls
victim to assumptions of universality similar to other domains described by Henrich et al.
However, cross-cultural research illustrates the extraordinary diversity that is normal in
motor skill acquisition. Indeed, motor development provides an important domain for
evaluating cultural challenges to a general behavioral science.