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Is it possible to become ambidextrous? i'm 67 and recently and suddenly became ambidextrous about a month ago. I can write w both hands at the same time.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to StackExchange! :)This may be better suited for the health SE. But I requested to add the neuroscience tag in case someone has some insight from over there. $\endgroup$ – CalendarJ Mar 19 '18 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, this might be better suited for Cog Sci.SE. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Mar 19 '18 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if you've done it, it's obviously possible :-) But as others have said, the question is more suited to Cog. Sci, if you want to know the mechanism, or Health if you're concerned that it might be a sign of illness. $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Mar 19 '18 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ I think we need some proof that this has happened since this suggests a sudden change in hemispheric dominance. $\endgroup$ – Graham Chiu Mar 19 '18 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ It would be suitable for health.se but because of the personal details it would closed as well as medical advice is off topic there. $\endgroup$ – Graham Chiu Mar 19 '18 at 23:56
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Normally in a right handed person the left hemisphere is considered dominant. However, a new lesion in the left hemisphere can cause loss of this dominance so it is possible that this has occurred.

Alternatively, if the subject is now able to write using both hands concurrently but different material, it suggests that the two hemispheres are disconnected, the so called split brain syndrome which occurs with lesions of the corpus callosum. However, ambidexterity is not described in that syndrome.

Anyway, you need to consult your physician.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice that someone affirms that this can happen. The brain is a mysterious organ, and I agree that a brain lesion can cause this. It would be interesting to compare quality of writing in each hand. $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Mar 19 '18 at 23:35
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You can't suddenly become ambidextrous. You can train yourself to use objects with the opposite hand, and become use to using your other hand.

Your body learns on repetition- Repeating something over and over till it becomes a habit. It takes time for your body to adjust to the change but you can become ambidextrous through training your body.

You just have to have the patience and the will to do it.

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  • $\begingroup$ If this at all helps you. Show some support. $\endgroup$ – Lone Wolf Mar 19 '18 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ Answers at Biology.SE require some references to be complete, especially for anything that goes beyond sort of "general textbook" knowledge. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Mar 19 '18 at 19:21

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