Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

12-2012

Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Department (Legacy)

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Abstract

The purpose of the study is measure the effect of handedness and hand use on memory for how specific tasks were performed. The hypothesis of the present study is that inconsistent-handers will have better memory than consistent-handers for the hand or hands they used to perform tasks. Data analysis was preformed on 30 inconsistent-handers and 45 consistent-handers, as classified by the modified Edinburg Handedness Inventory. Tasks were performed in five different hand-use conditions: always left, usually left, no preference, usually right, and always right. The results were that both consistency of handedness and hand use had an effect on memory. The implication is that inconsistent-handers may be classified as such because they are better at remembering how they performed tasks to begin with.

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