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November 1978

Sex and Handedness Differences in Well-educated Adults' Self-descriptions of Left-Right Confusability

Author Affiliations

Dept of Psychology Michigan State Univ East Lansing, MI 48824

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(11):773. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500350077021

To the Editor.—  Wolf, in an article in the Archives (29:128-129, 1973), reported a statistically greater tendency for neurologically normal women than men to state that they have experienced difficulty in discriminating left from right. The ratings were on a five-point Likert scale from "all the time" to "never." As Wolf noted, these results are inconsistent with the oncetraditional view that identified leftright confusion as one facet of the Gerstmann syndrome tetrad, the curBreakdown of Responses by Sex and Handedness*Responses Left-handers Right-handers M (%) F(%) M (%) F(%) All the time 1(4) 3 (27) 2(1) 0(0) Frequently 2 (9) 3 (27) 14 (5) 4(11) Occasionally 3(13) 4(36) 28(10) 7(19) Rarely 2 (9) 0(0) 114 (39) 14 (39) Never 15(65) 1(9) 136 (46) 11(31) Total 23 11 294 36*Question asked was, "As an adult, I have noted difficulty when I quickly have to identify right vs left —" Percentages are