Just as the title states -- Why do people who are right hand dominant also tend to be right foot dominant? And, the same question for left handed/footed people.

Does the brain actually designate an entire side of the body to use by default, when only one hand/arm/leg/foot/eye/ear is needed, or available?

  • $\begingroup$ Is there actually such a thing as a dominant foot? Certainly seems as though I use either foot equally, depending on the direction of whatever I'm doing. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Aug 14 '17 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ @jamesqf Yes, I believe there is such a thing..if you were to kick a ball, which foot would you choose to use? Obviously not both.. in my question, I did mention, "..when only one hand/arm/leg/foot/..", so, tasks where one side of the body isn't favored, shouldn't be considered. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Aug 14 '17 at 5:42
  • $\begingroup$ Actually I'd use whichever foot was closer to the ball - or if it's a soccer ball, both feet alternately. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Aug 14 '17 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ @jamesqf "Over 90% of right-handers are also right-footers; right-footedness hence predominates in the general population." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footedness $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Aug 14 '17 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting. Maybe I'm the oddball here, though it's perhaps not surprising, since I'm fairly ambidexterous (or perhaps ambi-clumsy would be closer to the truth). I can do most things adequately well with either hand. Though the right is better for most, some things, like baseball batting, I do better left-handed. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Aug 16 '17 at 5:14

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