October 12, 2009

"Sinister" Survey

CuriousRightHander wrote:

My father is a lefty and he was typing in IM to me last night and instead of responding with "k" when I told him I'd be right back, he typed "d".  I noticed right off that he had used the correct finger, just on the wrong hand.  He commented that it had been a big problem when he was learning to type because it was a common occurrence for him.  I'm curious if any other left handers out there have noticed the same type of situation in any capacity.  Does the brain of the left handed person sometimes get confused as to which side of the body should make the desired motion?  I know that left handed brains work a bit differently and I'm wondering if this is one of those things.  Thanks in advance.


  1. Yes, I do this all the time in my keyboarding class. Usually it's the y for the t or g for the h. Very irritating and drags my nwpm down!

  2. My only typing difficulty occurred when the typing class instructor insisted that I use my right thumb on the space bar; however, I could not. Once she discontinued her attempts to "fix" me and allowed me to use my left thumb, I had no further problems typing.

  3. I get that all the time. It might be a little patronising but it really helped me when I went on Dance Mat Typing : http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
    I don't type like they tell me to but it helps me learn where all the keys are and develop my style of typing.


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