A person who is ambidextrous can use either hand at any time, as equally as they could use the other hand. Some people are also “mixed-handed,” which means that even though they aren’t ambidextrous, they have some things they do with their left, and other things they do with their right.
Scientists don’t know exactly what makes certain people ambidextrous or mixed-handed. Many scientists believe that which hand we use is controlled by one side of our brain or the other. According to this idea, ambidextrous people use both sides of the brain equally!
Further informationOccasionally, an ambidextrous person will have taught him or herself how to use both hands. Wow!
ExplorationSwitch it up!
Do you know anyone who is ambidextrous, or are there any things that you are able to do comfortably with both hands? Try out a few different tasks with the opposite hand than the one you usually chose. Think about lots of different activities like picking up your toys, carrying your backpack, and brushing your hair. How does it feel to switch hands?
Sources & links
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