Do to the influence of the right handed world, it is sometimes a bit confusing to determine if you really are
left handed. There are many different tests on handedness by various scientists and
experts in the area, throughout the generations. I have included some Left Handed
Test already on my website and now along with those and others, I am going to lay them out for
those who wonder.
None of these tests are accurate 100 percent of the time, but if you take all of them and they point
to one dominate hand, this can be a good indicator. Being a southpaw is fantastic as you can see in
the information on this site.
The above vase-face picture is used by neuroscientists to study visual perception. Look at the image, do you
see the vase first or the two faces? Left brained people (righties) see the vase and right brained (lefties)
tend to see the two faces.
One simple (non scientific) test is to draw a circle with each hand. If you draw counterclockwise this is said
to indicate a left handedness. Easy enough.
Which hand do you prefer when doing the activities listed below?
Cutting with scissors
Cutting with a knife (no fork)
Spooning something out
Sweeping (upper hand on broom)
Striking a match
Opening a box lid
Source: Oldfield, R.C. (1971) The assessment and analysis of handedness: the Edinburgh inventory.
Neuropsychologia, 9(1): 97-113.
This is an interesting web site I found that
has four different tests on handedness.
Drop a pen on the ground. Pick it up. The hand you pick the pen up with is
usually your dominant hand. (This is a fun one to try on your friends without them knowing.)
Obviously there are many other Left Hand Test, and as I find them I will include them on
this page. So check back every once in a while to take a new one. Try these out on your friends. Maybe you
have a left handed friend who doesn't even know it!