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Claims that left-handers do think differently

We all know that there is much more to being left-handed than just writing, and a fascinating new study published today suggests that we left-handers actually do think differently. The author of the study Daniel Casasanto, goes so far as to suggest that handedness may influence our decisions on everything we do, from the cereal we buy to whom we vote for.

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Using a series of studies, Casasanto found that students were more likely to associate positive ideas with their dominant side and negative ideas with their less dominant side. Casasanto believes his findings, published in the August edition of Journal of Experimental Psychology, could have important implications in education.

 

He says If righties write the textbook and create the exercises and set up the classrooms, they’re likely to arrange things according to this implicit ‘right is good’ preference,” Casasanto said. Maybe that’s going to make learning math or going to school and sitting in the classroom just a little bit less pleasant or more disconcerting for lefties. Potentially, sensitivity to this could create better learning environments for lefties.”

 

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Further reading:

Article on the study by Christine Blackman,   Stanford University News

Casasanto's Paper in the August edition of Journal of Experimental Psychology

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5 comments on “Claims that left-handers do think differently
  1. William Toelcke says:

    You are so right! I run a restaurant and I solve problems in a completely different manner. Every outcome is usually in my favor, but because it didn’t make sense to my higher management it must be wrong. It cracks me up but what do you do?

  2. Sandy says:

    It is known that lefties use the right brain more. This means we are more creative than analytical. I have found this to be very true with my own life. I am so thankful for my creative side. It gives me so much pleasure to do artistic things. The world needs more art and crafts to bring it to a place where people can enjoy our work. This gives peace to people.
    The analytical people are very much needed, but I would not want to live in a world without art.

  3. Bret says:

    I haven’t done the research to conclude that lefties think differently, but being a lefty I know that I must look at situations from a different perspective. The reality is that I live in a world where the majority of people are right handed so the construction and flow of daily life (i.e. driving on the right side of the road, most doorknobs/locks are on the right, eating a table with righties, using a keyboard, design of a kitchen, etc.) is set up the convenience of the right handed person. It’s not a matter of fairness; it’s a matter of practicality. In order to make the playing field level or to my advantage I must think” from a different outlook. Over time this pattern of thought becomes instinctive so my actions and verbalization on a subject matter appear to be different from that of a righty. Out of habit a left may first seek to understand what is seen or heard to determine if any adaptation is required, whereas a righty might take it at face value at first.

  4. David B Forse says:

    I wonder if the author of this article is left handed. We have had the scientific and medical fields analizing us for centuries and coming up with all type of hair brain conclusions. It is a good thing we exist. Were put in the same catagory as the Ape and Monkeys. Were interesting specimans. I wonder what enticed his brain to take on this analysis.

  5. Ash says:

    Hi
    I am currently a student UCT in South Africa and I’m very keen to learn more about this study. Is there a way i can get ahold of the journal author or atleast a copy of his article. I’d really appreciate it because I’m keen to see if it applies to a South African context.

    Ashley

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