Effects of Handedness on Completion Time during Performance of Multiple Tasks Using “Proper” and “Improper” Tools
Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems
Human Factors and Systems
Dennis A. Vincenzi, Ph.D.
Sathya Gangadharan, Ph.D.
Steven Hall, Ph.D.
Handedness is a very critical factor involving single or multiple tasks that are designed for a specific hand. The purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of proper tool design. This research identified the dominant hand and measured task completion time between each of two tasks, 1) the use of left and right-handed scissors using the right hand, and 2) Mouse Manipulation Task using the calculator provided by the computer with a left and right-handed mouse using the right hand. Annett’s (1995) 12-item questionnaire was used to identify the preferred hand. This questionnaire consisted of having the participants answer questions about performance on a number of habitual acts in which the roles of the right and left hand are sharply distinguished.
Does the completion time of specific tasks differ across left and right-handed people when using “proper” and “improper” tools? The hypothesis stated that the task completion time between the preferred hand with “proper” and “improper” tools would be different. The justification for this study was the lack of knowledge that many individuals have with regard to the problem of handedness while performing manual tasks in industry, education, and everyday life. The conclusions of these experiments have implications for industrial and aerospace performance of left and right-handed individuals.
Selection of operators for industrial, aerospace, mail distribution, domestic tasks, and school tasks, as well as many other tasks, may be dependent on handedness of the person, particularly when machines are designed for a specific hand. If lefthanders are confronted with tools and workstations which are disadvantageous for them, negative effects on work performance, work satisfaction, and work safety may be experienced.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Suarez, Lisnnette M. Nieves, "Effects of Handedness on Completion Time during Performance of Multiple Tasks Using “Proper” and “Improper” Tools" (2001). Master's Theses - Daytona Beach. 192.