Hand preference in Turkish population

Elalmis D., Tan U.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, vol.115, no.5, pp.705-712, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 115 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00207450590523909
  • Page Numbers: pp.705-712


The distribution of hand preference (self report) was studied in siblings and their parents originating from all parts of Turkey (N = 22,461). In total sample and siblings, there were significantly more right-handed women than men, and significantly more left-handed men than women-no significant sex difference for parents' handedness. The relative number for the right-handed parents significantly exceeded that for the right-handed siblings; the relative number for the left-handed siblings significantly exceeded that for the left-handed parents. It was concluded that there may be a sex difference in hand preference, but being only about 1% more left-handed men, and only about 1% more right handed women; the right-handedness in new generation (siblings) is less than that in old generation (parents), due to freeing from cultural pressures against the left-hand use in everyday activities.