HAND PREFERENCE QUESTIONNAIRE
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From 1996 to 2001, Dr. M.K. Holder collected data from an online Hand Preference Questionnaire (former location: http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/forms/hand.html ) for a study entitled "Hand Preference Questionnaires: One Gets What One Asks For". After 5 years of data collection, this version of the Hand Preference Questionnaire has been removed. Data are currently being analyzed. Results will be posted on the URL above in a few months. In the meantime, you may: read about the study's purpose & design, help direct future research by responding to a brief survey, request notification of results be sent to your e-mail address, and/or view additional online handedness resources by M.K. Holder.
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FIRST REPORT OF FINDINGS
In the earliest version of this study, Holder (1992) concluded that: (1) The term "handedness" lacks a precise descriptive standard. (2) There is currently neither a means by which to empirically determine categories and/or degrees of "handedness". (3) Without a standard definition to qualify hand preference, and an empirically-based means to quantify hand preference, questionnaire design and analysis is based on generally accepted assumptions and theoretical hypotheses. (4) Seemingly innocuous aspects of questionnaire design, administration, and analyses (both singly and in concert) are capable of skewing a dataset in a predictable direction. (5) The condition exists whereby the "distribution" of a dataset may be partially predetermined, prior to testing, by the type of questionnaire, scoring systems and analysis chosen. (6) A reassessment of the use of the term "handedness" as a trait, and how it is best quantified, is called for. Holder (1999) proposes a new approach for future research into hand preference and lateralization.
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M.K. Holder, Ph.D.
Handedness Research Institute, Indiana University, USA
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|ADDITIONAL HANDEDNESS RESOURCES from M.K. Holder:
Left-Handers in Society