Can you throw as far with your left hand as with your right? Which hand is best for doing fiddly tests? And which hand does a computer test say you prefer? V Can you throw as far with your left hand as with your right? Which hand is best for doing fiddly tests? And which hand does a computer test say you prefer? On Tuesday 7 July 2015, forty children between 10 and 15 years old conducted their own research into left and right-handedness.
The forty children were attending the
Summer School for Junior Technology
at Hanze University of Applied Sciences. After a guided tour of the Science LinX science centre and a visit to the Blaauw Observatory on the roof of the Bernoulliborg, the children were treated to a mini-lecture by Professor of Biology
After telling them about
left and right-handedness
and research into the subject currently being carried out at the University of Groningen, he asked the children to answer the following question: ‘If you’re right-handed, does that mean that you do everything better with your right hand?’
That afternoon, the children taking part in the Summer School were given a chance to test which hand was better for throwing, for tracing the path of a spiral and for doing assignments on the computer. All the results were then recorded and discussed.
A number of diagrams were generated, which showed that the right-handed children were able to do some things faster. But in certain exercises requiring fine motor skills, the left-handed children were faster. This caused general mirth among left-handers! However, it soon became clear that the results were inconclusive: you need a lot more data for good research. ‘But was it interesting?’ asked Groothuis. Unsurprisingly, the answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’
Report: Brenda Kah
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