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LIBRARIANS AND LEFT-HANDEDNESS : A SPECULATIVE EXPLORATION

by Bosman, Renee A.

Abstract (Summary)
About eleven percent of the world™s population is left-handed, yet casual observation has led me to believe that significantly more than eleven percent of librarians are left-handed. The purpose of this research is to explore both the concept of left-handedness and the profession of librarianship, in an attempt to ascertain any similarities between the two that may lead a larger-than-average number of left-handed people to the library profession. To best explore the implications of left-handedness, the paper examines its causes and physiological implications, specifically those related to laterality and hemisphere dominance. Papers that examine thinking styles in librarianship are also discussed. One of the similarities between the cognitive processes of right-hemisphere dominant (and therefore more likely to be left-handed) people and librarians appears to be the issue of greater adaptability and use of the whole brain in problem solving.
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Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cognition librarianship psychological aspects laterality

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Date of Publication:04/07/2004

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