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How do you write a letter X?

Lefthanders form some letters in a different direction to right-handers because it is easier to move the pen left-handed in an anti-clockwise or right-to-left motion – it gives a smoother flow and minimises scratching and digging-in of the tip. It is also easier to draw lines towards you rather than

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Hidden dalmatian dog and lefthanders

Because their brains are organized differently (usually with the right side of the brain controlling the dominant left hand), left-handers see and think differently to right-handers. As a result, we can get some very different results from various “brain tests”, usually doing very well on tests that involve creative thinking

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Posted in Fun and games, Research

Are breastfed babies less likely to be left-handed?

We have seen a number of newspapers reporting recently on some research that was published in December 2018. As is often the case, the reporting is a bit sensationalist, drawing conclusions that are not really there in the underlying research results. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6569651/Babies-bottle-fed-likely-left-handed.html The report is headlined:Babies who are bottle-fed are

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Posted in Children, Research

Left-Handers and Allergies

Allergy Awareness Week runs from 23- 29 April 2018 and there have been various reports of left-handers being more susceptible to allergies.  Stanley Coren in his book Left-Hander reports a study in Glasgow, Scotland where lefthanders were found to be eleven times more likely than righ-handers to suffer from hay fever,

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Posted in Left handed life, Left handed life, Research

Left-Handedness Cured In Schools

A 1922 newspaper story about schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA reported that: “An intensive campaign to cure left-handedness among pupils in local schools has resulted in a reduction from 250 to 66, which is less than one half of one percent of the total of 13,000 pupils.” Given that

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Can a dog be left-handed?

It turns out that dogs do show a clear preference for their left or right paw and there’s roughly a 50:50 split between left-pawedness and right-pawedness across all dog breeds. Here are a few tests you can do to find out whether your dog is a ‘southpaw’: Have your dog

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Posted in Fun and games, Left handed life, Research

Are there lots of left-handers in your family?

We have been asked by our friend   Professor Chris McManus (University College London) to see if we can help find families with a lot of lefthanders for some new research that is being conducted.   This is what he said… Left- and right-handedness are almost certainly determined by genes

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Is left-handedness genetic?

A new study has concluded that there is no single, major gene which accounts for why people are right- or left-handed. About 10 percent of people worldwide are left-handed, but the mechanisms by which people favour one hand over the other remain unclear. In an effort to learn more, researchers

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Stuttering and changed lefthanders

After we wrote an article recently on the general effects that can result from forcing a natural left-hander to write right-handed, we were contacted by lots of Members about stuttering in particular and it is clearly something that causes people huge problems throughout their lives and we would like to

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Posted in Left handed life, Research

Left eye dominance and archery

The comment we received on this subject from Ray was so complete I am just going to re-post it here… “I am an archery coach and when first entering the sport and taking an interest in how archers performed, it was generally accepted that approximately ten percent of the population

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Posted in Left handed life, Research
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