Mirror writing: an advantage for the left-handed? Academic Article uri icon


  • It has been claimed that left-handed individuals are better than right-handers at writing in a mirror script (R. Tankle & K. Heilman, 1983, Brain and Language, 19, 115-123). We tested this claim by comparing the mirror writing ability of normal right- and left-handed adults as a function of hand used and hand use order. Our results do not support the notion of a left-hander superiority in mirror writing since, in two different experiments, right-handed individuals were found to be as good as left-handers. Instead, we obtained evidence for an order effect such that in both experiments, mirror writing was faster in those who started the task with their right hand.

published proceedings

  • Brain Lang

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Vaid, J., & Stiles-Davis, J.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Vaid, J||Stiles-Davis, J

publication date

  • November 1989