Scientists find cause of glove dyslexia Most people are familiar with dyslexia, a reading impairment characterised by the inability to distinguish spatial relationships between letters and words. Less well know, however, is the troubling condition known as glove dyslexia. People who suffer from glove dyslexia seem to be unable to distinguish between a left-hand motorcycle glove and a right-hand motorcycle glove, resulting in frustration, embarrassment, and in severe cases sprained fingers. In the words of one man afflicted with glove dyslexia, "you just feel like a bit of a dill, you know?" Symptoms are intermittent, and in many cases the glove dyslexic individual can put gloves on correctly if they pay sufficient attention. But when the condition flares up it can result in ugly scenes, with little fingers caught painfully in the thumb hole of the glove. Sufferers complain of crushing blows to self confidence and their sense of self worth. In a recent breakthrough a scientist who has been studying the phenomenon announced that he has found one possible cause of glove dyslexia, raising the hopes of countless glove dyslexics around the world. "It's all about the velcro," the scientist explained. Apparently, the breakthrough came when one man who had recently contracted glove dyslexia noted that he had never suffered the humiliating condition previously, despite regularly wearing many kinds of gloves. "He had been wearing gloves for weight lifting, gloves for bicycling, and even heavy winter gloves for the snow, all without once suffering glove dyslexia. Then when he took up motorcycling the glove dyslexia hit!" A study of the other gloves owned by the glove dyslexic man showed that in every other type of glove the velcro fasteners were located on the back of the glove. Not so with the motorcycle gloves, which had their velcro fasteners on the inside of the wrist. "So what happened was," the scientist went on to explain, "this man would undo the velcro fastener and automatically try to insert his hand into the glove with the velcro to the outside of his wrist, just like with all his other gloves!" The end result, of course, was the tragedy of glove dyslexia. When we spoke with the sufferer he was having splints removed from the little fingers of both hands. "Yeah, yeah... I mean, it's great! Now that I know this awful disease has a cause I know that there is a way to fight back. It's really given me hope." Let us hope that this discovery will help those with glove dyslexia to overcome their disability and ride without shame (or sprained fingers), with the right glove on the right hand, every time.