May 10, 2013

How to Tell if Your Child is Left-Handed

The Backup Care website recently posted an article that discusses how to determine if your child is left or right handed. The article explains a little bit about hand dominance and how the preference of the dominant hand emerges during the stages of a child's development. The article is clearly written and provides some interesting facts about handedness. Whether or not you already know your child's hand preference (or your own), it's a good read.

April 15, 2013

Left Handed World

Vancouver, Washington (PRWEB)

ITI Web Store Group has announced the launch of LeftHandedWorld, a new online store featuring a wide variety of left-handed products. The store is now live and located at http://www.lefthandedworld.com. The store offers a variety of left-handed tools, scissors, kitchen items, music guides, books, school/office supplies, electronics, novelty items and personalized gifts.

"LeftHandedWorld.com features both practical day to day tools for use by left-handers and interesting gift giving ideas for those who love them," states Timothy C. Barry of ITI Web Store Group. "We've been studying the left-handed retail space and planning to add a left-handed store to our group for some time and, as an incorrigible life-long southpaw myself, this is part business and part labor of love. We already have several hundred left-handed items available in the store and we are adding more every day."

Included in LeftHandedWorld's selection of useful left-handed items are a substantial number of products that can be individually personalized for gift giving. Made from quality wood, leather, acrylic and anodized metals, laser engraving can personalize these items for year around gift giving.

"We researched existing left-handed products and noticed that there were almost none that offered any individual personalization," continues Barry. "Since we already have laser engravers for our other stores, we are able to use them to add a personal laser engraved name, slogan, message and so on to quite a selection of our left-handed products. Personalization always makes a great left-handed gift even more memorable. It's also practical: If your child's left-handed scissors are laser marked with the child's name it's a lot easier to identify yours at school or after play dates."

January 16, 2013

Left-Handed Calligraphy

Thanks to reader Cathleen, who alerted me to Margaret Shepherd's website and blog. She is posting daily alphabets and projects, with special attention to those that are left-hand friendly.

Both righties and lefties will enjoy this series, which includes great tips for both beginners and experienced calligraphers.

January 3, 2013

Are Left Handed People Really More Creative?

Today's guest post is from Linda Forshaw, a Business Information Systems graduate from Lancaster University in the UK. Linda is the head blog writer for college ranking website DegreeJungle, as well as a full time writer and blogger specializing in education, social media, and entrepreneurship. Contact her on Twitter @seelindaplay.

Type "are left handed people more creative" into Google and you'll be rewarded with over three million search results. Clearly there's quite a lot of debate going on out there as to whether the ten percent of people who are left handed are indeed more creative. So what's the answer? Does being born a lefty automatically mean you are most creative than your right handed peers. As with any argument, opinion differs as to whether that's the case. Let's take a look at two of these opposing views.

The Argument For: Dr. Searleman Says Yes

American scientist Dr. Alan Searleman from New York's St. Lawrence University enlisted 1,200 research participants for vocabulary, memory, and problem solving tasks. When presenting the finding of his study to the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Searleman explained that left handed people had higher levels of "fluid" intelligence and enhanced vocabulary skills. He concluded that this may be why more lefties end up in so called creative professions such as art, writing, and music. Searleman also found that true left handed people were likely to boast IQs of more than 140, be twice as good at problem solving than their right handed counterparts, but on the flip side, were not so good when it came to remembering things.

The Argument Against: Professor Mike Nicholls Says No

Professor Mike Nicholls from Flinders University in Australia conducted a study of 5,000 five year olds which involved a comparison of school performances and talking to their teachers. In direct oppositions to Searleman's findings, Nicholls concluded that not only did lefties tend to perform worse than right handed people, their reduced cognitive abilities were similar to the challenges faced by those people who were born prematurely. While some argue that the participants in Nicholls study were too young to be evaluated properly, Nicholls himself is left handed, leading us to believe that he has nothing to gain by reporting untrue negative aspects of left handedness.

So Who's Right?

The debate concerning the superiority of left handed people over right handed people is likely to rage on. That's the thing with studies. One doctor will insist that their findings represent the very latest scientific discoveries, while another half way across the world will refute the previous research and insist that they have indeed discovered the truth. Could it be that the hand that is used has nothing to do with a person's abilities? Do any of those studies take into account a person's home life and background? After all, there are plenty of scientists and academics also clamouring to understand the effect of a child's upbringing on their later life.

Famous Lefties

One thing's for sure. The people on the following list would probably lean toward left handed people being an altogether more superior type of human being. That's not to say righties have to believe them though!

  • Barack Obama
  • David Cameron
  • Sir Paul McCartney
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Prince William
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Robert De Niro
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Matt Groening
  • Spike Lee

To discover other famous lefties, check out the Guardian's list of 100 famous left handed people.

August 13, 2012

Left Handers' Day

"Lefties may feel lucky and lousy," according to Sarah Neary, who quotes me and other lefty bloggers in her Left Handers' Day article at the Voice of Russia.