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Dec. 9th, 2008 @ 01:42 pm (no subject)
Left handers do less well in school tests

Left-handed children do less well in school tests than their right-handed peers according to new research.

Research by the Economic and Social Research Council found that children who are left-handed score lower in IQ tests and throughout their school career will score around 1% lower in tests than right-handed children.

The study looked at more than 10,000 children from the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s project...

Right at the end of the article comes the statement Studies have suggested that left-handedness is higher in the extremes of mental ability, with more left-handers present among children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADD, and also among gifted children.

I have to say that I was not conscious of suffering from any disadvantage at school because of being left handed, and far from doing poorly in tests, I was usually top or near the top of my class. In fact, when we started writing with ink pens, when I was about 9 or 10, the teacher went out of his way to show me how to write by curving my arm above my work so that I wouldn't drag my hand across the wet ink and smudge it. Maybe I've got extremely good manual dexterity, because I was not aware of any awkwardness when I used scissors or other implements.

The more I hear from other left handed people of my age or even some who are younger, the more I'm surprised that I did not feel disadvantaged and was never discouraged from using my left hand way back then in the 1950s and 60s. There are only a couple of areas where I've felt disadvantaged as an adult: right handed scissors are uncomfortable to use because the thumb shaping, biased for right handed people, digs into my left thumb, and serrated knives twist as I cut and make it almost impossible for me to cut anything straight, such as bread or vegetables.
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