It's not just genetics
An earlier version of this post stated that people who use their left hands may more easily hear rapidly-changing sounds that those who use their right hands. In fact, left-handers hear slow-changing sounds better. University of Kansas researchers recently determined the handedness of ancient humans by studying — oddly enough — their teeth. The study, which was published in the journal Laterality, found that when our great-great-great-great- you get the point -grandfathers processed animal hides, they would hold one side of the carcass in one hand and the other in their mouth.
By locating the wear and tear on those prehistoric chompers, scientists were able to determine whether our prehistoric ancestors were using their left hand or right hand more dominantly "All you need to have is a single tooth, and you can tell if our assumptions are right — if the individual is right- or left-handed," study researcher David Frayer, Ph. Lefties Make Better Artists Southpaws have been bragging about their creative clout for years. According to research published in the American Journal of Psychology , there is some evidence that left-handed people have the upper hand in at least one creative facet: But that may also add up to lower paychecks: We Vote for Left-Handers!
A surprisingly high percentage of recent U. The lengthy list of left-handed leaders includes four of the last seven commanders in chief — President Obama , Bill Clinton, George H. Should right-handed presidential wannabes fake it? But one recent Dutch study suggests that left-handed politicians actually have an advantage in televised debates. Actually, left-handers may have the advantage in sports that involve two opponents facing each other, such as in tennis, boxing, and baseball, according to an MSNBC review of the book The Puzzle of Left-Handedness, by Rik Smits.
The author chalks it up to the fact that left-handed athletes get a lot more opportunity to practice against right-handed opponents than vice versa since there are so many more righties out there.
Lefties Are Scaredy-Cats Boo! For the study, participants watched an eight-minute clip from the frightening film Silence of the Lambs. When asked to recall events from the segment, lefties were far more likely to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder than righties, including giving fragmented descriptions and making more mistakes. According to a small study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease , lefties are more prone to having negative emotions.
In addition, they seem to have a more difficult time processing their feelings. Again, this seems to be related to the brain-hand connection. Compared to righties, left-handed participants in the study showed an imbalance in activity between the left and right hemispheres when trying to process their moodiness.
Lefties may get bent out of shape, but research shows they're just a bunch of bashful self-observers. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. Left handed ppl are divergent thinkers. We come up with more solutions than right handed ppl. I am a 58 year old nurse who does everything left handed.
I never really pay attention to if people are left handed or right handed although people always point my left handed ness out to me. I am not creative or artistic. I am definitely visual. I have always felt like my brain works differently. I am terrible at keyboarding and with a new electronic health record being introduce at my job I feel I am at a great disadvantage. I am plannining on looking into a app or a online course to improve my skills.
Does anyone else have diffficulty typing? Hi, I am a right hand writer and I want to develop the skill of writing with my left hand as well. I do swimming and I think we lefties can see underwater a lot better. I also play cricket and enjoy it very much! Being a lefty soldier, and lefty eyed, since eye dominance reallyy matters in the marines I was much better at combat due to the element of surprise, and, it was much harder for my heart to get hit.
First time handed a rifle at age 9, it automatically went to my left shoulder. Now, 65 years later, with left eye problem, cannot learn to shoot right side. I think we are better at video games because the player we are controling is easier because our thumb is lefty and easier to move and all we have to do is tap the buttons…so if we play sports game much better advantage to us to move faster.
I love to draw and I love to play guitar… Only wish it was easier to find left handed guitars… Yes, they exist My one co-worker who started before me saw my payslip while my back was turned and complained to our boss… I play A LOT of Video Games.
No Peter, opening and closing the cash register multiple times is not helping. I am left handed, male, 62, white, retired police officer. Never found a rightie that could do it, though… My mother complained bitterly about my orneriness, but she always said my handwriting which was very good , was just as good backward as forward.
I always wondered if that was only because I am left-handed or whether I am just wired differently…. I am left handed. When I was in first grade my teacher tried to break me from writing with my left hand. She popped me on the top of my hand and said I would write right hand. Needless to say she got in trouble for doing this to me. Also lefties notice lefty people at once. I can do many things at once and strive for more.
Asian languages are written the same as Hebrew and many of the Arabic languages with a variation. Most are written right to left but vertically, not horizontally. I believe these languages and the associated alphabet were created by left-handed individuals. As shown in the illustration above, their stances naturally close off many angles making it relatively easy to defend.
When an orthodox fighter faces a southpaw, everything changes drastically. The southpaw-vs-orthodox matchup allows for much wide angles of attack compared to an orthodox-vs-orthodox matchup. The orthodox fighter will not be able to block all four angles with a static guard. Because of this open angle, a southpaw can easily penetrate or confuse the orthodox defense simply by mixing in right hooks with right jabs and overhand lefts with straight lefts. Because the southpaw is more trained and more practiced at using those angles!
The orthodox boxer will always lose if he tries to race a southpaw boxer! The southpaw jab easily beats the orthodox jab; the southpaw straight left easily intercepts the orthodox straight right.
Again, the southpaw will always be more natural at throwing from those angles and using those tactics. Assuming all fighter attributes even size, speed, skill , the southpaw boxer will out-throw, out-punch, and out-land the orthodox fighter.
Everything the southpaw does is perfectly trained for use against orthodox boxers but not vice versa! This is naturally where most southpaw VS orthodox fights evolve into—uneven exchanges. In other words, the orthodox boxer will throw his right hand when the southpaw throws his right and the orthodox will throw his left when the southpaw throws his left.
Usually when orthodox fighters exchange punches, they trade left jabs against left jabs and right crosses against right crosses. In that orthodox-vs-orthodox situation, the exchanges are pretty fair and even.
Against a southpaw however, the orthodox gets the short end of the stick. When the orthodox throws a right hand, the southpaw easily defends by moving his head or moving away and lands a big right hook.
The mirror stance makes it hard for the orthodox fighter to get his feet close enough to land his left hook. The southpaw only needs to step forward with both feet, keeping his front foot on the outside and he now commands even more devastating angles while putting himself at less risk defensively. Standing on the T is the most advantageous position during a southpaw-orthodox matchup.
From the T-position, the southpaw can punch any way and anywhere he wants. If you study the illustration above, you will see what I call a 2-to-1 scenario where the outside boxer is in a advantageous position because he can attack with both hands whereas the orthodox boxer can only throw his right arm because his front arm is useless and out of range. Offensively, you can almost call this a 4-to-1 advantage because the southpaw can throw a right jab and right hook which land at different angles as well as a left cross and left hook which also land at different angles.
The orthodox fighter technically only has 1 attack with his right; because you see, regardless of whether he throws a straight right or an overhand right, it will still come almost at the same angle. Even if the orthodox throws his right hand, the southpaw can easily avoid it by pulling his head to his left or taking a small step to his left.
In most cases, the orthodox fighter has no choice but to close up and take more punches as he tries to reposition his feet into a more neutral stance. There are two ways you can get into this position. The other way is for you to plant your front foot behind his and just pivot around him. You can punch him freely from behind. Imagine yourself as an orthodox boxing facing another orthodox boxer. The orthodox boxer is not habitually trained to see your left hands and right hands.
I am dead serious, throw those punches as often as you want, anytime you want and you will land easy. As a southpaw, you should know that every punch you throw carries a surprise advantage. Is there ANY hope for the orthodox boxer?
Yes…but he better learn how to fight southpaws and have some tricks specially made for southpaw opponents. Just remember that southpaws hold the advantage. Yes, I do recommend right-handed boxers to study this guide so that you can understand the mindset of a southpaw when you fight one.
Not so much fun drawing though. My photoshop skills are so bad they took me hours! Southpaw fighters are not easy to beat by any means. If anything, southpaws are notoriously known for being difficult to fight. Many great fighters have had problems with southpaws. Great examples Roy Jones vs Tarver. Or everybody vs Pacquiao.
Maywather vs Zab Judah. You have countries like Cuba who have been very successful at the international level with the high percentage of southpaws on their team. Most boxers are right handed so they are used to boxing other orthodox fighters. There are just less south paw boxers. From my sparring experience I find it easier to find my angles on orthodox boxers.
But it also depends on the fighter. I say teach your son to be a southpaw, since he is a natural southpaw. It would be natural ability to waste if he learns the opposite way! Unless he chooses to be an orthodox himself. Tito trinidad, Oscar delahoya, Miguel Cotto,,,they all are lefthanded and fight in an othrodox style.
Guys with killer lefthooks are usually lefthanded fighters. Being lefthanded in fighting is a huge advantage. Mickey ward had a killer left hooo to the body.
Let your son fight th best stance for him. Wether straight left or left hook he will have an advantage. Thanks from a Southpaw for an article for Southpaws Thanks so much for some really great info. Thanks for a great article. Im a right handed MMA fighter. I trained boxing for four years as an orthodox fighter but due to a knee injury a year and a half ago I was forced to learn to fight from a southpaw position.
I have really been battling with the footwork and Ive been searching for a detailed set of goals like this for ages. Keep up the good work. Khalef, I was thinking of you especially when I wrote this. Your articles are very interesting I learned a lot! You are the real deal Johnny! I use my jab to southpaws by moving to the right and watching his movements inch by inch waiting once he begin to lean forward or drops his guard then ill jab.. I just hate southpaws!
For me, one thing you need to put in your mind when youll fight a southpaw is keep on moving foot, head movement , feinting make him attack first and just counter! Left Hooks along with that jab. My Left hook always blindside em. And with great power step to your left avoiding theirs hard for them to block if you have a good hook. I found it ennoying at first if as I tried to apply a classic strategy.
I came up with some tips which I am sure already exists for years but I didn t find a good article which describe them. But that gives these small tips more relevance as they work for a beginner. I also like to duck under his jab and use instand counter the stop and hit technic. It requires a lot of reflex but as I have a Wing chun back ground, I am used to simultaneous defense and attack.
You block the jab with your left hand near his elbow by putting pressure toward him, it is very surprising for them and put them off balance.