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Neuropsychologia. 1992 Jul;30(7):601-8.

Hand preference and age in the United States.

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Givaudan-Roure Corporation, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.


A survey of 1,177,507 U.S. men and women between the ages of 10 and 86 included questions regarding hand preference for writing and throwing. Three effects were observed. Individuals with at least some left motoric bias comprised a smaller percent of the population with advancing age. This finding provides large-scale confirmation of a previously described phenomenon. Among sinistrals, concordance for writing and throwing was 2.2 times as prevalent as left-writing with right-throwing, and 4.1 times as prevalent as right-writing with left-throwing. These sinistral subpopulations displayed distinct and stable prevalence prior to age 50 and changing patterns of prevalence subsequent to age 50. The results confirm a decrease with age in the prevalence of sinistrality, but indicate that age-specific rates of mixed- and left-handedness are distinct. The implications for hypotheses regarding age-related change in the prevalence of sinistrality are discussed.

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