Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Edinburgh Handedness Inventory

  • John E. Mendoza
  • Bruce CaplanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_684


A ten-item questionnaire designed to assess handedness by self-report of the preferred hand for carrying out common activities such as writing and drawing, throwing, and using utensils such as a toothbrush, knife, and spoon. Subjects place 1 or 2 check marks under “left” or “right,” indicating strength of preference for each activity; 2 checks are to be used if the individual “would never try to use the other hand unless absolutely forced to” for the given function. As some activities require the use of both hands, the directions specify which component reflects hand preference (e.g., in striking a match, the hand that holds the match). A laterality quotient (LQ = R – L / R + L × 100) can be calculated where a score of 100 reflects complete dextrality and a score of −100 is obtained by complete sinistrals. A four-item short form proposed by Veale (2014) was reported to show good reliability and to correlate with scores on the longer version.

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Further Reading

  1. Fazio, R., & Cantor, J. (2015). Factor structure of the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory versus the Fazio Laterality Inventory in a population with established atypical handedness. Applied Neuropsychology, 22(2), 156–160.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Fennell, E. B. (1986). Handedness in neuropsychological research. In H. J. Hannay (Ed.), Experimental techniques in human neuropsychology (pp. 15–44). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. McMeekan, E. R., & Lishman, W. A. (1975). Retest reliabilities and interrelationships of the Annett Hand Preference Questionnaire and Edinburgh Handedness Inventory. British Journal of Psychology, 66, 53–59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Oldfield, R. C. (1971). The assessment of handedness: The Edinburgh Inventory. Neuropsychologia, 9, 97–113.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Veale, J. (2014). Edinburgh Handedness Inventory-short form: A revised version based on confirmatory factor analysis. Laterality, 19(2), 164–177.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  6. Williams, S. M. (1991). Handedness inventories: Edinburgh versus Annett. Neuropsychology, 5, 43–48.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Tulane Medical School and SE Louisiana Veterans Healthcare SystemNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Independent PracticeWynnewoodUSA