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  1. In fact, quite a lot of people confuse right and left – according to statistics, about 20-30%. In one experiment, subjects were shown arrows on a screen and asked to name where they were pointing-right, left, up or down. It turned out that people can distinguish between the top and bottom much faster. At the same time, if the subjects were simply asked to identify one of the arrows-for example, to press the button only when the arrow “left” appears, then there was no difference between the directions. That is, the difficulty is not to see that the arrows are different, but to use words to name the direction (right or left).

    Proponents of the evolutionary theory believe that this is due to the fact that the top and bottom for us (as for other animals) are very different (head at the top, legs at the bottom, sky at the top, earth at the bottom – you can not confuse this), but the right and left are not really different. Therefore, many people, in order to determine where they have which hand, need, for example, to mentally imagine in which hand they are holding a spoon or with which hand they are writing. Thus, psychologically, a person's hands become “different” (writing and non-writing), and he can already answer the question.

    The same method worked with hay and straw – they say that in order to make it easier for illiterate soldiers to distinguish between right and left, Peter the Great came up with the idea of tying hay and straw to their feet, then the sergeant-major instead of the command “right” said “hay”, and the company was no longer mistaken. A similar story goes about the soldiers of the American army during the Civil War of 1861-1865. And the Roman legionnaires used the words “spear” and “shield”for the same purpose.

    In general, the problem is ancient and ineradicable.

  2. To instantly respond “right” or “left”, you need to focus on which hand is leading you and use it to indicate or go from the opposite, if we are talking about the left side of the turn. But if you point, then it's not quite decent to point a finger, so people are embarrassed to point a finger all their lives. Every joke is only part of the joke.

  3. You'll probably be surprised?? But it is precisely the understanding of these quantities that leads to this! A person is always tempted to lighten any burden.An unforgiving formula, and only a few…understand it.They begin to straighten out.

  4. Personally, I am. Here, apparently, information goes to the brain and an instant reaction. Something in this plan is broken. I'm also afraid to get behind the wheel, although I have a license, and I'm also afraid to mix it up.

  5. Hmm.. I usually show my brother right-left when we go by car, otherwise it will definitely confuse us))) Well, in general, from the Internet – in 1978, researchers interviewed 364 university students who did not have any neurological problems. It turned out that confusion with “left-right” was common, especially among women. So why is this happening? There is some association between the degree of lateralization, i.e. specialization of brain functions such as right-handedness and left-handedness, and the occurrence of confusion. For example, the left-right confusion may be related to spatial thinking. This may explain why the phenomenon is more common in women, as they tend to perform worse on spatial reasoning tests, such as mentally scrolling through an image to see if it matches or is a mirror image. There is also a theory that the asymmetry of one of the hemispheres of the brain also plays a role. In 2009, British scientists found that those with hearing shifted more towards one ear-a sign of asymmetry-were more likely to confuse left and right. But still, there is no definite answer yet, which plays a big role in this confusion.

  6. Sometimes it's hard to figure it out right away, because even as a child I confused them! So even now, I sometimes remember “what hand I hold the spoon with when I eat”, and only then it comes to me.

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