Footedness of left- and right-handers

Am J Psychol. 1979 Mar;92(1):133-42.


The performance on a simple tapping task of the hands and feet of left- and right-handers was tested. Right-handers tapped faster with their right hand and right foot. Left-handers tapped faster with their left hand and right foot. Thus, footedness follows handedness in right-handers but not in left-handers. Left-handers showed smaller left/right differences than right-handers in both hand and foot performance. These data are in loose agreement with the modified genetic theory of handedness proposed by Annett (Hand preference and the laterality of cerebral speech, Cortex, 1975).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Foot*
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Male