Handedness and Physical Measures II: Objectively Measured Height and Weight
Propper RE1*, Struble CA1 and Brunyé TT2
Psychology Department, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, 225, Dickson Hall, Montclair, NJ, 07043, USA
Tufts University, Psychology Department, Medford, MA, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ruth E. Propper
Psychology Department, Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, 225, Dickson Hall
Montclair, NJ, 07043, USA
Tel: 973 655-5201
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 29, 2015; Accepted date: June 08, 2015; Published date: June 12, 2015
Citation: Propper RE, Struble CA, Brunyé TT (2015) Handedness and Physical Measures II: Objectively Measured Height and Weight . Int J Sch Cog Psychol 2:127. doi:10.4172/2469-9837.1000127
Copyright: © 2015 Propper RE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
There is conflicting literature on the relationship between hand preference, height, and weight, with some research indicating increased height in non-right-handers, and others supporting both decreased height and decreased weight in this population. However, no previous research has objectively measured height and weight, examined a predominantly female population, or explicitly explored the contribution of handedness degree versus handedness direction in investigations. The present research objectively assessed height and weight in a sample of individuals with a range of hand preferences. Results: Left-handers were shorter than right-handers, but weighed the same. Left-handers therefore demonstrated a higher body mass index than right-handers. Conclusion: Results suggest handedness direction is related to objectively measure anthropomorphic characteristics in women. Because the current sample was predominantly female, future research could determine if the present findings reflect true gender differences in the relationship between height, weight, and handedness, or limitations of sample size.