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- n. The state of being right-handed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being right-handed; hence, skill; dexterity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or property of being right-handed; hence, skill; dexterity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. preference for using the right hand
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Among humans, right-handedness is the norm, by a whopping 90 percent.
And kudos to you for picking up the right-handedness.
Since the greatest problem with my backhand is due to my right-handedness and left-eyedness, stepping backward isn't exactly helpful.
Mankind started out pretty even-handed, so to speak, but as tool making kicked into high gear during the Bronze Age, right-handedness became dominant.
One theory is that we lefties are missing a gene that forces right-handedness, leaving our handedness up for grabs.
Forty years ago the broad scientific consensus held that, in addition to language, right-handedness and the specialization of just one side of the brain for processing spatial relations occur in humans alone.
Speech, right-handedness, facial recognition and the processing of spatial relations can be traced to brain asymmetries in early vertebrates
Yet more than a dozen recent studies have now demonstrated a right-handed bias among other primates, our closest evolutionary relatives—clearly suggesting that human right-handedness descended from that of earlier primates.
Both speech and right-handedness may have evolved from a specialization for the control of routine behavior.
What do these findings say about the alleged uniqueness of human right-handedness?