The Handedness Research Institute was established in 2001 to advance the scientific understanding of handedness (left-handed, right-handed, and ambidextral manual preferences) and to help alleviate the social and educational discrimination of left-handers worldwide through research and education.
The purpose of the Handedness Research Institute is to contribute to both the scholarly and the social understanding of the ancient human condition of majority right-handers co-existing with left-handed and ambidextrous minorities.
> Facilitates & supports interdisciplinary & international research & training
> Disseminates scientifically accurate educational resources globally
> Raises awareness of issues of public concern related to handedness
> Provides a communication forum for researchers, professionals & the public
P R O G R A M S & A C T I V I T I E S
International Research Conferences
The Institute organizes and hosts annual research conferences, providing opportunities for international experts from across disciples to address specific research topics related to handedness.
Conference Proceedings & Institute Publications
Proceedings of the Institute's Research Conferences will be published and available for sale. Other publications, including educational posters, will also soon be available from the Institute.
Research Fellow & Internship Programs
Each year, the Institute invites a senior researcher (as Research Fellow) and a graduate student or professional (as Intern) to to conduct collaborative research for a period of 1 to 3 months. Interns may alternatively help prepare educational materials. As funding allows, travel expenses and stipends will be provided for both programs.
The Institute provides scholarly information on issues related to handedness. HRI's Action Campaign focuses on eradicating three global educational problems: the forced switching of left-handed childrens' hand preference, the improper teaching of left-handed writing, and the use of biased school desks. Additional resources include a series of topical articles on handedness, K-12 educational materials, educational posters, a Homework Help guide, and a Guide to Research. Translation into multiple languages and easy-to-print formats help individuals obtain accurate information they can use in their daily lives, whether they be parent, teacher, employer, student, professional, or public policy maker.
HRI is represented regionally by bureaus in Africa (HRI Lusaka Bureau, ZAMBIA), Europe (HRI Porto Bureau, PORTUGAL), and Asia (HRI Pune Bureau, INDIA). Current collaborative education projects include the preparation of ecuational materials and supplimental teacher training manuals. Current collaborative research projects include assessing the impact of teacher training with before and after comparative research. As funding allows, the Institute will continue to establish bureaus internationally, in collaboration with colleages in other countries. International offices greatly enhance the Institute's ability to conduct research, train graduate students, and provide public education internationally.
Translating HRI Educational Resources & Web Site
Because Internet publishing is the primary mode of communication to a global audience, the Institute plans to translate HRI's printable educational material into the ten most prevelant online languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, Korean, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Russian. Translations will become available as funding allows.
Communication Forum for Researchers, Professionals, and the Public
Scientific communication has historically been one-way: specialist to non-specialist. But "non-specialists" often know things that specialists do not. Thus, the Institute introduces a 2-way communication format. Professionals and the public are invited to submit comments and observations to the Institute. All comments are reviewed, and new information and relevant comments will be communicated to researchers via conference communiqués and Internet post, thereby giving knowledgable individuals a voice in developing educational materials and setting research agendas. To read or submit general comments about left-handedness, see the gauche! Left-Handers in Society site, edited by HRI director Dr. M.K. Holder since 1996.
Working with Media Outlets to Reach Diverse Audiences Worldwide
Established media (newspapers, television, radio, magazines) provide the widest range of information distribution. The Institute's Director regularly works with established media to correct common misconceptions, to raise awareness of issues of public concern, and to disseminate accurate information about handedness.
P E O P L E
H O N O R A R Y T R U S T E E S
to be announced
B O A R D o f D I R E C T O R S
Jeffrey R. Alberts, Ph.D.
M.K. Holder, Ph.D. (Chair)
E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R
M.K. Holder, Ph.D.
T R E A S U R E R
Linda R. Summers
S C I E N T I F I C A D V I S O R S
Esther Thelen, Ph.D. (2003-2004)
R E G I O N A L C O Ö R D I N A T O R S
Bipinchandra Chaugule (India)
Solomon J. Simutowe (Zambia)
Flora Azevedo (Portugal)
other announcements forthcoming
F U N D I N G
The Institute is currently seeking major funding.
The Institute's work depends upon your tax-deductable contributions,
Proceeds from Institute merchandise
(coming soon), and
Proceeds from Institute publications
S U P P O R T
Institutional support provided
by Indiana University & the
IU Department of Psychological
& Brain Sciences
C O P Y R I G H T
No part of this website may be reproduced in any format without prior written permision. The Handedness Research Institute holds the international copyright on all materials published on this website, unless otherwise noted.
For details on educational use, citing this resource, and more, please see the Institute's copyright information.
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The Handedness Research Institute is located in Suite 222 of the
Hillcrest Psychology Research Center ~ Indiana University, Bloomington campus
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