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Writing with non-dominant hand: left-handers perform better with the right hand than right handers with the left

Kristina Laskowski
  • Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Unit, School of Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
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Published Online: 2013-02-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10044-012-0012-4


Adult volunteers (7 females, 7 males) aged between 19 and 51 years, 7 right-handers and 7 left-handers, were asked to complete re-training writing tasks by using their non-dominant hand over 10 consecutive days. It is possible for adults to learn quickly to write legibly with their non-dominant hand. Left handers have a higher legibility score initially although right-handers improved with training more than left-handers. Individual’s performance was unrelated to age and sex in the small sample studied.

Keywords: handedness; males; females; re-training; Edinburgh Questionnaire

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Published Online: 2013-02-20

Published in Print: 2012-07-01

Citation Information: Anthropological Review, ISSN (Online) 2083-4594, ISSN (Print) 1898-6773, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10044-012-0012-4.

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