Handedness and behavioural inhibition: Left-handed females show most inhibition as measured by BIS/BAS self-report

  • Wright L
  • Hardie S
  • Wilson K
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This study investigated the relationship between handedness, gender and behavioural approach and inhibition using Carver and White's (1994) BIS/BAS Scale. 112 participants took part: 46 left-handers and 66 right-handers. All participants completed Peters' (1998) handedness questionnaire followed by the self-report BIS/BAS Scale. Significant effects of both handedness and gender on the BIS scores were found, with left-handers and females scoring significantly higher on inhibition. BIS scores were re-examined to include FFFS scores, which showed a significant effect of gender. Revised BIS scores replicated the original BIS findings. These findings are discussed in relation to handedness research. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural activation (BAS)
  • Behavioural inhibition (BIS)
  • Gender
  • Handedness
  • RST

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  • Lynn Wright

  • Scott M. Hardie

  • Karen Wilson

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