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  - aeiouna - LibraryThing

As a left-handed person, I recommend this book to anyone who is left-handed or has any relatives or children who are left-handed. The things Coren discovered about left-handedness and how it effects the brain of a left-handed person is simply amazing and enlightening. Read full review


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Stanley Coren is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Intelligence of Dogs; Gods, Ghosts and Black Dogs; and other bestsellers about dogs. He, his wife, and their two dogs live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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