Handedness is defined by the unequal division of fine motor skills between the left and right hand. If equally skilled with both hands you are ambidextrous. In any society the exact proportion of people in each group is unknown. It is estimated that a consistent 10–13% of the population is left-handed and ambidexterity is rarer.
1Right handedness is traditionally seen as positive and ‘dextrous’ where as left handedness is ‘sinister’ and so repressed.
- Raymond M.
- Pontier D.
- Dufour A.
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Frequency-dependent maintenance of left-handedness in humans.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. 1996; 263 (B): 1627-1633
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- Frequency-dependent maintenance of left-handedness in humans.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. 1996; 263 (B): 1627-1633
- Handedness distributions in nine professional groups.Perceptual & Motar Skills. 1996 Feb; 82: 51-63
Published online: September 05, 2011
Received: August 9, 2011
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