left-handedness, primary hand, creativity, intelligence

While a few studies have proposed links between primary hand and cognitive skills, the jury is still out on whether left-handed people are smarter.

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Psychologists are far from a consensus on how to measure vague concepts like creativity and intelligence. Any declared correlation between those attributes and handedness will have to wait on a better understanding of the notions themselves.

So raise an eyebrow (right or left) at any labcoat making sweeping statements about the smarts of a potentially arbitrary 10 percent of the world's population. However, a few earnest studies have proposed interesting links between primary hand and cognitive skills.

It appears that righties may perform slightly better academically than lefties. Research also suggests that left-handers more often suffer learning disabilities and dyslexia. On the other hand, southpaws dominate in tasks involving the mental manipulation of objects, which might explain the high proportion of left-handed chess players. More general claims, especially concerning "right-brained" versus "left-brained" people, are more pseudo- than science. The only clear advantage lefties enjoy is on a baseball diamond.

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