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Int J Neurosci. 2009;119(7):953-74. doi: 10.1080/00207450802324366.

Comparative assessment of 13 of the widely used hand preference items in a Bulgarian sample.

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  • 1Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Experimental Morphology and Anthropology with Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria.


The hand preference items included into Chapman and Chapman's (1987) inventory were comparatively assessed concerning the frequencies of the answers given by Bulgarian right, mixed, and left handers, concerning the correlation of each item with the remaining 12, with eyedness and footedness scores. Relationships between writing hand, throwing hand, eyedness, and footedness were studied. Application of a cumulative index of familial sinistrality evidenced the biological significance of the main findings. All the results showed the inferiority of the writing hand as compared to the remaining items and evidenced the full inappropriateness of this item as a single predictor of handedness.

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