The Left-hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-handedness

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Psychology - 317 pages
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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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User Review  - lmeza - LibraryThing

Finally! It was okay, but being a left-handed myself I found the book bothersome. While some people delight in the fact of encountering a left-handed and believe that we are smarter, this book is the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ron - Goodreads

I found this book particularly fascinating because I'm ambidextrous to a certain degree, and the neurological roots of left handedness surprised me as much as the cultural consequences. It turns out ... Read full review


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Stanley Coren an international authority on sidedness, is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of "Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog" (2010), among other books.

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