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Left-Handed People Are Exceptional, Science Suggests

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Left-Handed People Are Exceptional, Science Suggests

Left-handed people are apparently pretty special, science suggests.

A number of studies and works have been written over the years, which look into the difference between lefties and righties.

And it would seem that those who use their left hands could be some of the most intelligent and creative people in the world.

Don't believe us? Well, have a look at some of this,

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In 2019, it was revealed that while lefties only make up a mere 10 percent of the population, they account for a whopping 20 percent of MENSA members.

Marie Curie was a lefty. Credit: PA
Marie Curie was a lefty. Credit: PA

According to IFL Science: "Hand preference is a manifestation of brain function and is therefore related to cognition.

"Left-handers exhibit, on average, a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning and the ability to rotate mental representations of objects.

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"Also, the corpus callosum - the bundle of nerve cells connecting the two brain hemispheres - tends to be larger in left-handers. This suggests that some left-handers have an enhanced connectivity between the two hemispheres and hence superior information processing."

And if you are left-handed, you are in good company, with likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates and Marie Curie all left-handers.

Are lefties more creative? Credit: PA
Are lefties more creative? Credit: PA

Research has also suggested that lefties could be better artists than right-handers.

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Research published in the American Journal of Psychology claimed that they could be more gifted when it comes to looking for interesting solutions to problem-solving.

Another study from the Left-Handers' Club (a pro-leftie group), which took a survey of over 2,000 left-handed, right-handed and ambidextrous people, also found that lefties are more attracted to careers in the arts and tech.

Still not convinced?

Well, how about the fact that the left-handed out there are also apparently better at sports than us righties.

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Left-handers are apparently better at sports. Credit: PA
Left-handers are apparently better at sports. Credit: PA

In the book The Puzzle of Left-Handedness, linguist Rik Smits suggests that left-handed sportspeople have an advantage when it comes to preparation.

For example, due to the numbers of left-handers out there, the majority of athletes will train against right-handers, meaning that lefties such as Rafael Nadal will be less surprised in a match situation.

However, Smits suggests, right-handers will have less experience of the opposite so they may not fare as well.

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It should be pointed out, though, that this is all still up for debate.

As IFL Science states, 'handedness is just an indirect expression of brain function', so it's not as black and white as it might at first appear.

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Topics: Science, Study, Research, Art, Interesting, Weird

Dominic Smithers
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