The Left-Hander Syndrome : The Causes & Consequences of Left Handedness

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Left-handedness is a complex psychological and neurological phenomenon. Recent research suggests that left-handed people encounter psychological problems and have a shorter life expectancy, but display greater intelligence and creativity in some spheres. This book examines the phenomenon, considering the various difficulties that left-handed people face in a world designed for right-handed people and suggesting ways in which things can be made more comfortable and safer for them. It also investigates other aspects of "sidedness", including foot, ear and eye preferences.

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If you are among the 10 percent of people who happen to be left-handed, you've had to endure such derisive terms as "gauche" and "a left-handed compliment." At school you may have been forced to write with your right hand. And in another century your proclivity might have gotten you accused of witchcraft.
Any left-handed person, or the spouse, parent, or friend of one, will be captivated by this essential and eye-opening book. With bracing wit and a flawless command of current research, psychologist Stanley Coren answers such questions as:
Is left-handedness acquired genetically or socially?
Are southpaws more creative than their right-handed fellows?
Why do left-handers seem to die younger than right-handers?
What can left-handers do to counteract the perils and prejudices that confront them in a world that leans to the right?

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"A rich account of the history, anthropology and neurobiology of handedness." -- Los Angeles Times

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