Behavior Genetics

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 217–227

An international study of human handedness: The data

  • Ira B. Perelle
  • Lee Ehrman

DOI: 10.1007/BF01067189

Cite this article as:
Perelle, I.B. & Ehrman, L. Behav Genet (1994) 24: 217. doi:10.1007/BF01067189


Human handedness has been the subject of systematic study since 1646, but there is no agreement among researchers as to who can be considered a left-hander, what is the etiology of left-handedness, or what the proportion of left-handedness is in the world's population. This article reports the results of a handedness survey administered to 12,000 subjects in 17 countries, the largest handedness survey attemped. The paper discusses methods for determining handedness, the probability of a genetic component for handedness, and the relationship of sex, birth order, multiple birth, and first-degree relative's handedness on subject's handedness. A hypothesis for the etiology of left-handedness is presented.

Key Words

Handedness laterality family sinistrality left-hander 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ira B. Perelle
    • 1
  • Lee Ehrman
    • 2
  1. 1.Mercy CollegeDobbs Ferry
  2. 2.SUNYPurchase

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