Flashback Friday: Science proves right-handers are jocks, left-handers are nerds, and ambidextrous people love making pot holders.

By Seriously Science | August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Photo: flickr/sochacki.info

What does your handedness say about you? Well, according to this study, it can predict what you like to do in your free time. Although the scientists didn’t determine whether one’s handedness was a cause or a result of one’s hobby preferences, it’s pretty clear that common stereotypes seem to hold out… at least when it comes to lefties and righties, and their free-time activities!

Handedness and hobby preference.
“The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between handedness and hobby preference in healthy individuals. For this reason, the Annett handedness questionnaire and a standard questionnaire on preference for hobbies were administered to 879 healthy young men (age, M = 22.3, SD = 4.8 yr.). Analysis showed more cultured individuals were much less likely to be strongly right-handed. Especially, pure right-handedness highly overrepresented among those who mainly preferred doing sports, pure left-handedness among those who preferred reading books, collecting, or going to the cinema/theater, and mixed-handedness among those who preferred arts, like playing music, drawing, or handicraft. The findings support evidence that handedness is associated with hobby preference.”

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  • jhertzli

    This is unbelievable news. Whoever heard of social scientists using a decent sample size? Everybody knows that proper procedure is to give a questionnaire to a dozen WEIRD freshman, refuse to fund anybody trying to replicate the results, and claim the science is settled.

    • Mariel Thomson

      They did leave out almost half of lefthanders. They used male subjects only,

  • Nick

    So which comes first? Hobbies or handedness?

    • Bronwyn (デイ)

      Are you really asking that? Do babies have hobbies? And yet they’ll already show preference for one hand or the other. Come on now.

      • http://disqus.com Ricardo Sennin w the Finnegan

        if they don’t have hobbies what do they use their handedness for?

        • Bronwyn (デイ)

          Are you honestly asking this, or are you just trying to be some “troll”? I’m talking infants. They’re not cognitively developed enough to pursue what we call “hobbies”. Their motor skills are barely even there. But they can still prefer to grab stuff they see with one hand over the other.

          • http://disqus.com Ricardo Sennin w the Finnegan

            its a joke lol

          • http://disqus.com Ricardo Sennin w the Finnegan

            its less about whether they have hobbies though than whether their handedness affects them socially to affect which hobbies they choose

  • jatin

    not true

  • Olivia

    I’m right handed but apparently do more left handed things.. ok…

  • hnarf

    In the case of ambidexterity and some creative endeavours (knitting, most musical instruments, etc) one can at least imagine a causal connection, as those people would have it easier to master things that require a certain amount of fine motor skills on both hands.
    Also, do I remember wrong or wasn’t there a study that claimed there was some degree of correlation between left-handedness and homosexuality in males?


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