Project Time Frame
This project explores the causes and effects of left-handedness.
- To provide new information about left-handedness.
- To encourage development of new products and techniques for the convenience of left-handed individuals.
Materials and Equipment
- Computer with internet access.
- Digital camera
- Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)
Left-handedness is the natural preference of using the left hand for basic tasks, such as drawing or writing. There are various theories on how being left-handed affects the way a person thinks. Although numerous notions exist about the nature of left-handedness, there may or may not be sufficient evidence to back them up.
- What causes left-handedness?
- How many people are left-handed?
- Are lefties ambidextrous?
- What are some assumptions about lefties?
- Is there any truth to these assumptions?
- What are some linguistic and historic examples of attitudes toward left-handedness?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being naturally left-handed?
Terms, Concepts and Questions to Start Background Research
- Left-handers are sometimes referred to as “lefties” or “southpaws.”
- Familiarity with statistical concepts (e.g. random sample) is recommended.
- Read overviews of relevant topics (see bibliography).
- Search internet for additional information.
- Design a short survey questionnaire. Participants will provide info about which hand they favor, and (on a scale of 1-10) how comfortable they are using the other hand. Also collect data regarding gender, hobbies, occupation, and anything else that might provide further insight.
- Have at least 100 volunteers complete the questionnaire. For optimal results, this population sample must be random.
- Analyze the data.
- Interpret findings in a detailed report.
- Show results visually using charts and graphs.
- Display relevant photos taken throughout the course of the experiment.