Environmental factors in hand preference formation: Evidence from attempts to switch the preferred hand

Clare Kathleen Porac, Stanley Coren, Alan Searleman

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Abstract

We surveyed 650 young adults to assess both their current handedness behaviors and past attempts to shift their hand preference. We found that 73 (11.2%) individuals had experienced hand preference change attempts and 52 (8.0%) had undergone pressure to switch hand preference to the right. The likelihood that an individual had experienced pressure to change hand use was not related significantly to gender or to a number of familial factors. However, the success of the hand change varied with gender; females reported greater success in shifting their handedness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-261
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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