Harvard’s under-handed study of the left-handed

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From the Rose Law Group Reporter Growlery

By Phil Riske | Managing Editor

This summer I wrote about back-handed claims against left-handed people, which comprise 8 to 15 percent of the population. A new study out of Harvard — the same Ivy League bastion that claimed last week Arizona is the most corrupt U.S. State — says lefties generally make less money than righties, and they may be worse off in other areas of life, too.

“But by using data sets from the United States and United Kingdom that show handedness, test scores and salaries, [the author of the study] determined that lefties have 10 to 12 percent lower annual earnings than righties,” said a news account of the study.

“Lefties have more emotional and behavioral problems, have more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, complete less schooling, and work in occupations requiring less cognitive skill.”

Let me off here so I can apply to Yale.

In a 1986 study of students who had scored in the top of their age group on either the math or the verbal sections of the S.A.T., the prevalence of left-handers among the high achievers — more than 15 per cent compared to the roughly 10 percent found in the general population—was higher than in any comparison groups, which included their siblings and parents, reports The New Yorker.

“Among those who had scored in the top in both the verbal and math sections, the percentage of left-handers jumped to nearly seventeen per cent, for males, and twenty per cent, for females. That advantage echoes an earlier sample of elementary-school children, which found increased left-handedness among children with I.Q. scores above a hundred and thirty-one,” the article stated, just one point below Mensa qualification.

Left-handers less successful, claims Harvard.

Michelangelo and da Vinci were left-handed. As were three of the last four occupants of the White House; the only right-handed President since the end of the Cold War has been George W. Bush.

Time to give right-brainers a hand.


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