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G-CPTN
6th Dec 2006, 15:54
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6212972.stm
Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers.
Connections between the left and right hand sides or hemispheres of the brain are faster in left-handed people, a study in Neuropsychology shows.
The fast transfer of information in the brain makes left-handers more efficient when dealing with multiple stimuli.
Experts said left-handers tended to use both sides of the brain more easily.

tony draper
6th Dec 2006, 16:21
Doesn't the fool realise that in the southern hemisphere the left arm is on the opposite side? so cack handed folk there are probably plonkers just the same same as they is here.
:rolleyes:

Foss
6th Dec 2006, 16:42
My brother's left handed, and very intelligent, but can't write... with a fountain pen. hah hah.
This was a problem in prep school as kids where fountain pens were compulsory in some lessons and he got hit with a ruler for being left handed and making a mess. Then he'd go home and get hit for getting ink on his shirt cuff. Hah hah. No Mont Blanc for him.
He also has real trouble with tin openers. And scissors. hah hah
Fos evil older brother

tony draper
6th Dec 2006, 16:49
Left handedness was not allowed in schools in my day it was flogged out of em,quite right too,we can't go changing everything round just for the sake of a small minority.
:uhoh: :rolleyes:

ExSimGuy
6th Dec 2006, 16:56
Yeah - but Left Hookers find it much easier to trim their right finger-nails when they buy their left-handed scissors

frostbite
6th Dec 2006, 17:03
Left handed for writing, but right handed or ambidextrous for other things.

Rob Courtney
6th Dec 2006, 17:20
Guilty as charged, I can use a fountain pen and write upside down,left to right and right to left. I think a lot of lefties get used to doing things the wrong way (ie right handed) because we have to, the only reason I play golf right handed is because when I was a kid the only clubs we had were right handed ditto with shooting as during my time in the forces the SMG and the missle system we used were for righties only.

I think the sports idea is about right as lefties are over represented in sports like golf, cricket and tennis.

The only other advantage was I never had any problems getting into the school football team cos I was the only natural left footer in the class.

Rob

tony draper
6th Dec 2006, 17:23
Incidently before some lefty claims it,Billy the Kid was not left handed.:rolleyes:

XXTSGR
6th Dec 2006, 17:27
Dextrous vs gauche, sinister, cack-handed...

BTW, left-handed Arabs are at a distinct advandatge over the north-paws as writing flows much more easily.

Left-handed writers of English (or other Western languages) are, of course, the original pen-pushers. :O

EDIspotter
6th Dec 2006, 17:45
I'm left handed, right footed when playing football. Can play golf either side and play snooker right handed. Cant use left handed scissors and I'm fine with right-hand tin openers.

I could write backwards before I could write forwards. Sometimes do it in the office when writing messages on post-it's just to wind folk up.

The_Banking_Scot
6th Dec 2006, 18:04
Hi,

I'm left handed for writing but play sports with my right hand ie darts etc.

Regards

TBS

Rich Lee
6th Dec 2006, 18:48
Dr. Bryan Sykes, in his book Adam's Curse: A Future without Men, suggests that most homosexual men are left handed. Does that make a man who is ambidextrous tri-sexual then?:confused:

Foss
6th Dec 2006, 18:51
Left handed brother used to write backwards, and in mirror writing.
But he shoots rifles right handed.
Watching him as school kid putting a tie on was a sight to behold.
The phrase here for left handers is 'clooty'.
Fos

Farmer 1
6th Dec 2006, 18:52
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

Loose rivets
6th Dec 2006, 19:20
Doesn't the fool realise that in the southern hemisphere the left arm is on the opposite side? so cack handed folk there are probably plonkers just the same same as they is here.
:rolleyes:

I'm left-handed, but I use my right hand for plonking:hmm:

tilewood
6th Dec 2006, 19:42
I'm left-handed, but I use my right hand for plonking:hmm:


Me too!! Good here innit?!!:p

Left handed for writing, but right handed for everything else apart from
shooting with a rifle.

Reading earlier posts does this mean I'm gay with a gun fixation?!!:}

Cheerio
6th Dec 2006, 19:47
I'm left handed and based on my survey of one I would say that those researchers are wrong. I'm crap at sport although my reactions are average. Where I think left handers have an advantage (and there are many disadvantages so I'm not being right'ist) is in managing the 3 dimensional world in your head. I'd be interested to know if a greater than average proportion of ATCO's are left handers.

arcniz
6th Dec 2006, 20:56
Think Spatially, Shop Globally
Cheerio I'm left handed and based on my survey of one I would say that those researchers are wrong. I'm crap at sport although my reactions are average. Where I think left handers have an advantage (and there are many disadvantages so I'm not being right'ist) is in managing the 3 dimensional world in your head. I'd be interested to know if a greater than average proportion of ATCO's are left handers.

Altho not an ATCO, I have helped to keep them entertained (and employed) for a considerable span of time. Spatial and visual thinking come more easily to lefty me than to many relatives and associates... and 'photographic memory' such that one can draw quite detailed pictures of specific places and events from decades back... even while sometimes forgetting whereabouts of the car keys. Once had to set some areas off limits for an overly zealous housekeeper who would energetically dust everything not nailed in place.. and move it ever so slightly. Result was I could never find things... their place seemed to effectively vanish from the noggin when object was slightly moved.

I think a lot of lefties get used to doing things the wrong way

One has specialised at this. Occasionally is helpful. Tend to read books, papers, periodicals, etc. from back to front. Shortens the process considerably...by eliminating need for most of the setting-up stuffing and filler. About 2/3 of most written works, one reckons.

I could write backwards before I could write forwards. Sometimes do it in the office when writing messages on post-it's just to wind folk up.

Just before term exams one year in school, I stood on the rotted top rail of a country fence and took a hard fall on the left side. Writing left was clearly not an option - a considerable problem, since the teachers nearly all demanded lengthy written answers in their coursework. So.. for the first time ever, I started to write on the right side... and was surprised that it came out much similar to the style and form of the left version, but much shakier...the muscles were just not prepared. By way of simplifying, one tried writing right-hand back to front (mirror image), scanning from right to left. Worked like a charm. Still looked like me normal script.. ugly as that was, but one needed a mirror to noodle it thru.

Needless to say, I wrote the exams in conventional left-right format with the achey right paw... and was constrained thereby to be quite brief and to the point. This was such a breath of fresh air for the profs that every exam received top grades.. not my standard millieu.

AcroChik
6th Dec 2006, 23:11
About a year or so ago on a US-based aviation site, a survey of users was conducted about left-handedness. The stated theory was that among pilots, left-handedness would occur at a greater percentage than the general population, and that a greater percentage of pilots would be the first-born child than in other professions. That said, I don't recall the results off hand, and am too lazy to go look them up.

If memory serves, left-handers make up about 12-13% of the general population.

I'm left-handed for most things, hold the fork in my left and knife in my right when eating, do archery and swing a baseball bat right-handed, and use a right-handed mouse.

Added ~~~> Apparently left-handers are about 17% of the population.

seacue
6th Dec 2006, 23:33
I found it curious that, in the US presidential election some years ago, both Mr Clinton and Mr Bush, senior, were left-handed. Not a very likely occurance, it would seem.

My father seriously injured his right hand when in his twenties. It never had as much strength as his left after that. While he was a naturally right-handed, he learned to do some heavy-duty things lefthanded.

G-CPTN
6th Dec 2006, 23:35
As Drapes relates, left-handedness wasn't tolerated in these parts in 'our' days.
I'm not aware of any tendency towards left-handedness in myself, and I can but presume that those WITH such proclivities who HAD to learn right-handedness for certain tasks (such as using scissors or playing an instrument) became more skillful (if they conquered the challenge). Of course, in time, left-handed guitars were available, and several rose to great heights (viz McCartney et alii).

On a separate theme, (though associated through propensity for left-handedness) I've found many (male) homosexuals to be creative and highly competent (and often 'successful') individuals. One wonders whether the dominant gene is the left-handedness or the sexual tendency?

Edited to remark that Martina Navratilova qualifies on both counts I believe.
Further edited to point out that John McEnroe is left-handed . . .

G-CPTN
6th Dec 2006, 23:47
I could write backwards before I could write forwards. Sometimes do it in the office when writing messages on post-it's just to wind folk up.
When my daughter was learning to write (including 'scribble') from age three or so, she would write away from her body according to which hand that she used to hold the 'crayon'. Once she managed to form unrecognisable letters, she continued to 'mirror' write whenever she picked-up the pencil in her left hand - it seemed irrelevant to her. Later on, having started infant school (where left-handedness was discouraged) she continued to have confusion between 'b' and 'd' (which we have attributed to a degree of dyslexia). She is extremely creative (and mentally quick), but I've never considered whether she would have been naturally left-handed if left to her own devices.

AcroChik
7th Dec 2006, 00:22
Leonardo da Vinci:

"Leonardo's studies in science and engineering are as impressive and innovative as his artistic work, recorded in notebooks comprising some 13,000 pages of notes and drawings, which fuse art and science. These notes were made and maintained through Leonardo's travels through Europe, during which he made continual observations of the world around him. He was left-handed and used mirror writing throughout his life. This is explainable by the fact that it is easier to pull a quill pen than to push it; by using mirror-writing, the left-handed writer is able to pull the pen from right to left and also avoid smudging what has just been written. He wrote in his diaries (journals) using mirror writing."

~ From Wikipedia

Rollingthunder
7th Dec 2006, 02:46
Left handed presidents.

James Garfield - 20th President
Herbert Hoover - 31st President
Harry S Truman - 33rd President
Gerald R Ford - 38th President
Ronald W Reagan - 40th President (converted to right hand)
George W Bush - 41st President
William Clinton - 42nd President

tinpis
7th Dec 2006, 06:10
Ditto lefty for handwriting righty for all else :E .pretty common .
Cept rifle off left shoulder hand gun right hand :hmm:
Cant hit shite with left hand
Does any one know of a righty (writing)that does everything else left handed?

paulc
7th Dec 2006, 06:16
Write right handed but can use left if needed (both look equally untidy) Throw left handed but bat right handed in cricket. Rackets sports can do with either. Football right footed only. Archery either hand.
Photography - always left eye to viewer.

perhaps I need re-wiring!

jay_hl
7th Dec 2006, 06:34
No :sad:

Simple Question...Simple Answer!!! :D

G-CPTN
7th Dec 2006, 06:37
Lalumière, M.L.; Blanchard, R.; Zucker, K.L. (2000): "Sexual orientation and handedness in Men and Women: a meta-analysis." Psychological Bulletin 126, 575-592.

Lalumière et al., 2000 Study

Lalumière and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis using previously acquired data on handedness and sexual orientation, as earlier studies had rendered conflicting results. The meta-analysis included 20 studies involving 6,987 homosexual (6,182 men and 805 women) and 16,423 heterosexual (14,808 men and 1,615 women) participants. Using 20 comparisons between heterosexual and homosexual men and 9 comparisons between heterosexual and homosexual women, it was found that homosexuals were 39% more likely to be non-right-handed than heterosexuals, with figures of 34% and 91% for homosexual men and homosexual women, respectively.

while lesbians are almost twice as likely (91%) to be left-handed as heterosexual women.

arcniz
7th Dec 2006, 07:15
tinpis Ditto lefty for handwriting righty for all else .pretty common .
Cept rifle off left shoulder hand gun right hand
Cant hit shite with left hand


How do you manage a rifle on the left? If a bolt-action, there's the matter of flipping the slide or lever arm into one's nose.... and for something more automatic, a lot of hot brass coming out to the right of the gun... also vicinity of nose.

It doesn't come up so often any more, once or twice a weeek maybe, but I am still able to hit just about anything inside pistol range (anything that one can see) with a pistol in either hand.. or in both. Seeing is more the rub now. Used to trim mistletoe from the tops of oaks that way. Probably can thank the cowboy-indian games around age 7 for early practice. Back then we used real injuns.

Warbo
7th Dec 2006, 12:16
removing the dribble i just wrote

VitaminGee
7th Dec 2006, 12:47
Right eye is my master eye; single handed Im right handed; two handed I'm left handed - except for golf which I play right handed but putt left handed :confused: :confused:

Foss
7th Dec 2006, 13:03
Well, I'm sure some of you have heard of the Idiot.
The previous dog ran into me while I was on a walking stick, after an ACL and medial ligament injury from rugby, outside the house in the snow. So I broke my right arm, plaster cast and all that.
You can't get change out of your right pocket with your left hand, so I became left handed. This went on for months, arm had to be reset and stuff, major pain in the arse.
So if I can use both left and right hands, does that mean I'm bisexual. I'm worried now.
As for shooting I couldn't hit a small detached bungalow shooting left handed.
Fos

Re-entry
7th Dec 2006, 18:09
Angelina Jolie. Nicole Kidman. Shirley MacLaine. Marilyn Monroe. Julia Roberts. Whoopi... oh buggar, cancel!

maxman
7th Dec 2006, 19:00
Quote:Arcniz
How do you manage a rifle on the left? If a bolt-action, there's the matter of flipping the slide or lever arm into one's nose.... and for something more automatic, a lot of hot brass coming out to the right of the gun... also vicinity of nose.
In the movie Saving Private Ryan,PVT Danial Jackson, the sniper, appears to be left handed, seems very cack handed with a bolt action rifle, not a bad shot though.
As for me, lefty for writing, baseball, football, righty for most other things.
We also made pretty good assasins in the old days:E

Simtech
7th Dec 2006, 19:10
Write left handed, eat left handed (i.e. knife in left hand), use a Morse key with my left hand, use firearms (both hand guns and long guns) right handed. When playing cricket I bat right handed but bowl and throw with my left hand. Use a camera right eye to the viewer and use tools with my left hand.

Guess I'm just one mixed-up guy! :E

Re-entry
7th Dec 2006, 20:01
Oh no. I'm devastated. Shannen Doherty isn't on the list. This cannot be. Shannen tell me you're a bitchy intelligent gorgeous man-controlling witch. You must be a leftie. PeLLEEEEaase. http://www.pprune.org/forums/images/smilies/boohoo.gif

redsnail
7th Dec 2006, 21:19
Maternal grandmother, left handed but she wrote with her right hand.
Mother, left handed but writes with her right hand. The reason has been alluded to already. Namely, it was beaten out of people.
Brother, left handed.

Me, right handed.

tinpis
8th Dec 2006, 03:24
How do you manage a rifle on the left? If a bolt-action, there's the matter of flipping the slide or lever arm into one's nose.... and for something more automatic, a lot of hot brass coming out to the right of the gun... also vicinity of nose.

`You should see me flip a Lee Enfield or a Mauser Im like a belt fed mortar

Auto lefthanded ? http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y150/tinpis/subgunfan3.jpgno problem -wear a pair of solid sunglasses:cool:

Loose rivets
8th Dec 2006, 06:04
When my pal made these, (in the shed bihind veheicle) they all had to be scalpted to fit round the left hand. He had burnt a few pixels off his retina when he was young and foolish, by welding with poor eye protection. His pistol , which was made in the same style from a .762, won the 300yds at Bisely one year. It was also on the front cover of Guns Review.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/walnaze/Trackgun.jpg

groundhogbhx
8th Dec 2006, 08:13
Write lefthanded, bat right handed, bowl and throw left handed, use a racket in which ever is easiest at the time, prefer to kick left footed but equally bad with both:} shoot right handed and right eye for the viewfinder.

Both grandfathers were left handed but forced to write right handed by having their left tied down:eek:

I'm told that being left handed is a real bonus if you sharpen drill bits on a grinding wheel, not that I've ever been daft enough to find out.

Taildragger55
8th Dec 2006, 09:05
homosexuals were 39% more likely to be non-right-handed

Non-right handed...er, that would be left handed, or have we other places to attach arms to?

Rivets, that fearsome device demands an escalation in the gun control process. Ban all sheds!! That runabout in the background makes one purse the lips too. Definitely not eco-friendly.

Don't worry about being bisexual, Foss. I know of whole cultures unable to take money from their pockets with either hand.

Foss
8th Dec 2006, 10:45
Actually I prefer not to take money out of my pockets with either my right or left hands.

If there's civil unrest we could send your mate out to shoot tanks or something with that rifle.
Fos