View Poll Results: Are you right or left handed?

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  • I'm right-handed

    71 47.97%
  • I'm predominantly right-handed, with odd exceptions

    42 28.38%
  • I'm totally ambidextrous

    4 2.70%
  • I'm predominantly left-handed

    7 4.73%
  • I'm left-handed

    15 10.14%
  • I have some other combination that Oswiu can't think of

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  • I have no hands

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    I'm left handed in pretty much everything apart from when it comes to certain instruments.
    It's impossible for me to write with my right hand without it looking like a baby's writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingvaeonic View Post
    Interesting. Can you write with either hand?
    Yes, equally well.
    I don't really know if it was solely the piano playing, though. My mother taught me to eat with my left and I started to write on my own with my left, too. But at school I used the right hand to write more. I have more strength on my left fingers and that I am sure comes from the piano playing.
    I don't really present any dominance at all, other than that.

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    I'm right handed, but when I type, I use the left thumb on the spacebar (which would indicate lefthandendness like previously mentioned)

    When I write, I use my right hand, when I drive, I usually use my left hand (right hand ready in case I need to change gears)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcherontiaStyx View Post
    Yes, equally well.
    I don't really know if it was solely the piano playing, though. My mother taught me to eat with my left and I started to write on my own with my left, too. But at school I used the right hand to write more. I have more strength on my left fingers and that I am sure comes from the piano playing.
    I don't really present any dominance at all, other than that.
    Again, interesting. You are truly and fully ambidextrous. Congratulations. It must be handy (no pun intended) to have "two right hands".
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    I'm right-handed. That was strictly enforced in school.
    I eat with either hand.
    I don't paint or draw now but when I was a kid I did that with my left hand.

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    I'm predominately right-handed, with some odd exceptions such as using a hammer, which irked my father who was a professional carpenter and cabinet maker.
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    Right handed and right footed.
    Until twenty years ago when I was ‘clipped’ on the back of my lower right leg by a car doing 60 mph. The impact broke the bones right across the top of my foot. 10 days in hospital and 5 months off work – couldn’t drive.
    A right footed person leads with their right foot. Many are unaware of this. I never regained that dexterity.


    Certain football positions are best given to left handed players’

    Thought it was a seventh 14.2857% -14% of the population was left handed.



    Life's Extremes: Left- vs. Right-Handed



    All over the planet, nine out of 10 people, on average, favor their right hand for writing, throwing and so on. ("Footedness" roughly follows this same breakdown, though for sensory organs, such as eyes and ears, preference is less skewed; true ambidexterity occurs in less than 1 percent of the population.)

    The selection of one hand for fine motor control might reflect the fact that much of our anatomy and function is not balanced.

    Our internal organs do not mirror the body's exterior, bilateral symmetry — that pattern of two opposing legs, hands, nipples, eyes, ears and so on. The heart and spleen, for example, normally form on the body's left side, the liver on the right; each lung bears a distinctly different shape.

    And so it goes with our brain. That wrinkly pulp in our skulls divides down the middle into two hemispheres and, in a quirk of evolution, each hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body; that is, the brain's left hemisphere operates our right side, and vice versa. The same process occurs with vision — what our left eye "sees" is processed by the right rear of the brain. [10 Things You Didn't Know About the Brain]

    Although the two halves of our brain have broadly similar anatomy, certain tasks tend to be handled by one side of the brain more than the other. Scientists chalk this up to efficiency's sake, as performing duplicate, simultaneous actions on each side wastes energy and available brain power. "For a lot of actions, it's a good idea to have the boss living in one place," Carey said.


    Hand to mouth

    That phenomenon of brain laterality and division of labor could help explain handedness. Among the more demanding and recently evolved tasks for our brain is language processing and generation. Intriguingly, in 90% to 95% of right-handers, the left hemisphere is dominant for language and speech functions, suggesting evolution has honed one side to handle skillful work.

    "If I have one part of my brain controlling my fine motor movements, it would make sense to have this part handle language, too," Carey told LiveScience.

    Yet the relationship is not so simple. About two-thirds of lefties are also left-hemisphere dominant for speech and language, Carey said, and some 5% or more of righties have right-hemisphere dominance. [Constant Battle as Brain Pits Right Hand Against Left]


    Delving into genetics has not yet explained away the extreme bias toward human right-handedness either, though hints of inheritance emerge. The chance of two left-handed parents having left-handed offspring, for instance, is around 25%, compared with 10% in the general population. A gene discovered in 2007, called LRRTM1, shows up more in lefties as well.


    Paws to claws

    Researchers have also looked to other animals to help them solve the human riddle of handedness. Many mammals, including our closest living relatives the chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas, exhibit a preferred hand. So, too, do dogs.

    "Your dog is one-pawed," said Carey. "If you force a dog to reach for a toy through an aperture, it will tend over many trials to use one paw over the other."

    But this breakdown for left versus right in Fido as well as Coco is about 50-50, eschewing humans' overwhelmingly right-sided population-handedness. That even-handed, if you will, split extends to non-mammals such as fiddler crabs, whose enlarged claw for fighting develops on either side in equal measure.


    "Sinister" lefties?

    Whatever handedness' origin in humankind, it's clearly been around a long time. For example, cave paintings have shown the occasional lefty ancestor clutching a spear.

    The relative scarcity of left-handedness, as with many "otherisms" in human history, has provoked cultural superstition and discrimination. Even just several decades ago in the U.S., parents and teachers still snatched pencils out of children's left hands and tried making lefties write like a righty.

    The ancient prejudice against lefties remains embedded in the English language. "Sinister" shares a Latin root with "sinistral," meaning "in regards to the left side," and "left" derives from the Anglo-Saxon word for "weak."

    For biological reasons yet unknown, lefties might indeed be slightly cursed. That gene associated with left-handedness, LRRTM1, is also associated with the mental disease schizophrenia. Correlations have been found for left-handedness and illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease and alcoholism.

    On the other hand, some evidence points to lefties possessing on average more intelligence or artistic giftedness than righties, perhaps given their alternative brains. Interestingly, four out of the last seven presidents have been left-handers, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.


    Living as a lefty

    Overall, handedness *— inasmuch as it offers insight into an individual's cerebral and bodily abilities, tendencies and deficits — is just one of many elements in a complicated picture.

    "There is not a one-to-one correlation. …. It is not as if you are left-handed [so] you will become brilliant or get a disease," said Amar Klar, a geneticist at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research in Frederick, Md.

    Although the stigma against left-handedness has largely lifted around the world, Carey pointed out that righties still have it easier.
    "Poor lefties have to live in a right-handed world," Carey told LiveScience. "The fly in your trousers is right-handed; even a can opener is right-handed."

    Life's Extremes: Left- vs. Right-Handed - Live Science 30 Apr 2019.

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