Lefties: The Origins & Consequences of Being Left-Handed by Jack FincherJack the Ripper and the Boston Strangler were left-handed. So were Leonardo da Vinci and Marilyn Monroe. Today every lefty knows that being left-handed is a sign of special genius and a nuisance in a world geared—from handshakes to scissors—to the right-handed. This informative volume examines every aspect of left-handedness, from its causes and historical attitudes toward it, to the latest scientific theories about what it represents.
For on the largest minority groups in the land, Lefties is a lively, comprehensive guide to the facts and new findings, legend, and lore of the so-called sinister people.
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The study is a fascinating one, using thousands of brain scans and hundreds of thousands of sequenced genomes to look for associations between genes, brains and hands. It found that, in left-handers, the left and right hemispheres had stronger links in the regions associated with language, which could correlate with greater language ability. Left-handedness runs in families and identical twins are more likely to have the same hand dominant than are fraternal twins and siblings. This implies that the genes do have some influence, but are not the whole story. And unlike being a Saggitarius, being left-handed has had a concrete effect on my life.
You probably don't think about left-handed folks until you have to sit next to a lefty at the dinner table and end up getting elbowed in the ribs. Lefties represent only 10 percent of the world's population, yet they've been such a fascination for so long that study after study has been conducted on what makes them so unique. But while we now know that lefties are normal folks, history wasn't always so kind to our left-handed friends. In the Middle Ages, being a leftie was enough to get you accused of being a witch , and in the 18 th and 19 th centuries, left-handed children were forced to use their right hands in schools, which was dreadful - have you ever tried switching hands to write? It's not easy.
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As child educational psychologist, author, and former UCLA associate professor Charlotte Reznick, PhD who is left-handed herself explains, this fragment of the population sees the world through a unique lens. At first writing was difficult for me until a teacher put my pencil in my other hand—and poof! I took off scribbling. That makes left-handers more flexible in the office and fast to react. One way to look at the contrast between lefties and righties, according to psychologist Yvonne Thomas, PhD, is how they approach problem solving. While those on the right might apply logical solutions to an issue, she explains that lefties have the innate ability to come up with several options, as opposed to just one black-and-white route.