Things Left-Handers Are Good At
The way our brains are organised, with the right hemisphere
controlling our dominant left-hand, means we do things differently
The left hemisphere (RIGHT HAND CONTROL) controls
Speech, Language, Writing, Logic, Mathematics, Science, this is
the LINEAR THINKING MODE.
The right hemisphere (LEFT HAND CONTROL) controls
Music, Art, Creativity, Perception, Spatial awareness, Emotions,
Genius, this is the HOLISTIC THINKING MODE.
Sport and the Arts
Lefties seem to have an advantage in many areas of sport. For
example a lot of champion fencers are left-handed and there have
been many outstanding left-handed tennis champions. Part of this is
almost certainly linked with the organisation of the brain with the
right side of the brain that controls spatial awareness linked
directly to the dominant left hand, giving left-handers an
advantage when thinking in three dimensions and in interpreting
information in a 3 dimensional space.
A right-handed player will more usually face a "like-handed"
opponent play a similar game and playing a left-hander is less
common, whereas a "lefty" will invariably have faced more
right-handers and thus be quite used to their "opposite" style of
Visit our famous Lefties section and see for yourself
how many famous left-handers there are in the world of sport and
our list of famous left-handed tennis players.
According to neurologists, left handers adjust more readily to
seeing underwater and their have certainly been many successful
left-handed swimmers, including multi -gold medal winner Mark
Left-Handers seem to be more accomplished in many areas of music
and the arts, probably because of the right side influence of the
Are left-handers more intelligent?
To get the real story behind this, we contacted Dr Searleman
direct and he sent Keith the following email...
The research to which you are referring was based upon a Poster
presentation that my co-author (Clare Porac, Penn State at Erie)
and I made on August 5 at the annual American Psychological
Association Conference in Washington, D.C. We are currently writing
up this research for possible journal publication, and we would be
very happy to send you a copy when it is completed.
We are surprised at the amount of attention this has received,
especially in the UK. On Tuesday, I had a live interview from my
home in New York with a BBC radio show called ( I believe) --
"London Up all Night"-- with host Eric Dickson. The popular press
reports we've seen are a bit over-the-top and not very careful with
the details. For instance, none of them seem to mention that our
study was conducted only with people who were 65 to 100 years
One of our basic findings is that it is important to look at
more than just a person's handedness, that in fact it is valuable
to consider all four lateral preferences. More specifically, we
found that older adults who are the most strongly and consistently
left-sided for handedness, sighting eye dominance, earedness, &
footedness are the ones who demonstrate the greatest differences in
Here's something not in the press reports: In other research
with this same group of people, we also found that those people who
are most left-sided in their lateral preferences are also the ones
least likely to attempt to shift their hand writing preference (due
to social/cultural/family pressure) from the left to the right
Good luck on International Left-hander's day on the 13th!
Cheers, Alan Searleman