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6. Moving: Hacks 62–69 > 68. Test Your Handedness

Test Your Handedness

We all have a hand preference when undertaking manual tasks. But why is this so? And do you always prefer the same hand, or does it vary with what you are doing? Does the way people vary their hand preference differ between right- and left-handers?

The world is a right-handed one, as will be obvious to left-handers. Most tools are made for right-handed people. Implements such as scissors, knives, coffee pots, and so on are all constructed for the right-handed majority. In consequence, the accident rate for left-handers is higher than for right—and not just in tool use; the rate of traffic fatalities among left-handers is also greater than for right. 1


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