is only one way in which humans can be asymmetrically “sided.” For
almost all people, one foot, eye, and ear is dominant as well. Overall,
nine of ten people are right-handed; eight of ten are right-footed;
seven of ten are right-eyed; and six of ten are right-eared. Women
tend to be more right-sided than men in all respects except “eyedness.”
Determine your dominant foot, eye, and ear by answering these questions:
(1) Which foot do you kick a ball with?
(2) Try picking up a pen with your toes. Which foot do you use?
(3) If you’re starting up a staircase, which foot goes first?
(1) Select a spot on a wall at least ten feet away. Quickly lift
a hand and point to the spot. Then close each eye in turn and see
which eye lines up with the finger and the spot. (If you’re right-eyed,
your finger will be pointing directly at the spot when your left
eye is closed.)
(2) Which eye would you use to peep through a keyhole?
(3) Which eye to look down into a dark bottle to see the liquid?
(1) If you wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation in the next room,
which ear would you press against the wall?
(2) In a noisy, crowded place, which side of your head would you
turn toward a companion to hear her better?
(3) If you want to hear the “ocean” sound in a seashell, which ear
would you hold the shell to?
If your results are mixed, that’s typical. Fewer people are strongly
right-footed, right-eyed, and right-eared than strongly right-handed;
less than half of all people are consistently one-sided (either left
or right) in everything.