Left handed survey


We are very interested to know more about which hand left-handers use for various activities, how left-handedness runs in families and how left-handers lives are affected by their hand preference. Please complete this short survey form to tell us about you and your family and we will keep updating our results and the conclusions we draw from them.

Click here to see our analysis of results so far

We would be interested in any comments you may have about the survey or our interpretation of the results.

Complete the survey


About you First name
email address

About your family – please put “L” or “R” in the boxes to show the handedness of your family members, leave those that don’t apply blank

YOU and siblings
Your children
Grandfather 1
Child 1
Grandmother 1
Brother / sister 1
Child 2
Grandfather 2
Brother / sister 2
Child 3
Grandmother 2
Brother / sister 3
Child 4

Which hand do you use for the following tasks?

Writing and drawing
Cutting with scissors
Brushing / combing your hair
Holding a toothbrush
Using a knife to cut, without a fork
Using a knife with a fork (knife hand)
Using a spoon (on its own)
Throwing a ball
Holding a racquet (e.g. tennis, squash)
Unscrewing the lid from a jar (lid hand)
Kicking a ball (kicking foot)
Holding a golf club, cricket or baseball bat
(left hand on top, facing to left side = right-handed!)
Looking with one eye (e.g. telescope)
Listening with one ear (cupping to hear more clearly)


We would like to know a bit more about what effect being left-handed has on your life, but if you are short on time you can skip this bit and submit the form with the information you have already completed and get back to the rest of the site (scroll down to submit)
Age Sex Country

For the following questions, you can check the appropriate items and add some more notes in the boxes on the right hand side if you wish

Notes and additional info.
Do you consider yourself to be more or less intelligent than average? More

Do you consider yourself to be more or less creative than average? (art and music, generating ideas) More

Do you consider yourself to be more or less awkward or clumsy than average? More

Did you experience any difficulties at school related to being left-handed? YesNo
Types (ctrl click all that apply)
If you had difficulties, did you receive any help from teachers or others? YesNo
Have you ever been discouraged from using your left hand for anything? YesNo
Have you ever used any specialist left-handed implements? YesNo
Ctrl click all that apply
What was / is your favourite subject at school / college?
What is your occupation?
What are your main hobbies or interests?
Are there any ways in which being left-handed particularly helps or hinders you?
Anything else you think is important?

Thank you
very much for your time in completing our survey and I am sure that the analysis of your and other left-handers responses will be very interesting and tell us a bit more about ourselves. We will be updating our analysis of the survey results on a regular basis and you can see it under the survey section of this website. We will also update club members with any significant results through our regular newsletters.

To submit your completed survey, click on the submit button

You will get a screen message back to confirm that it has been accepted

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42 comments on “Left handed survey
  1. Linda B says:

    I’m interested in getting the survey results. I’m very cross dominant and it was somewhat confusing for me as a child. Love it as an adult as it makes me unique.

  2. Susan Negrete says:

    Wish I knew more about handedness in my family of origin! A family story is my mother born in 1929 was changed to right handed.

  3. Charles Pastor says:

    Things at work is more for right-hander so I have to try to do things more right-handed and I don’t like it. It slows me down and I can’t get things done as fast as the guy I work with.

  4. Tom says:

    It’s weird, but I love mathematical beauty of a proof, and the structure of the theory of advances mathematics. I get bored with computer programming, but I see the value of it in bringing beauty to the internet

  5. John Schutz says:

    Thank you for this website!

  6. Finola Twomey says:

    Interesting results. I do think I do some thing right handed because of the tools- scissors, hockey (there are no right handed sticks), golf (was given a right handed to try when a child). However I do play tennis right handed, but serve left.

  7. Carmen Ludolph says:

    I have left handed family members on either side, aunts, uncles, cousins

  8. Tosha says:

    I enjoyed the the survey

  9. Rodney Fowler says:

    Glad you are doing what you do to help people like us.

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