They like to think that their superior brainpower means that others are left behind. But left-handed people may not be right.
A professor reckons he has dispelled the myth that ‘lefties’ are more likely to be gifted. The finding is unlikely to find favour with the 10 per cent of the population who favour their left hand, including David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie, Paul McCartney and Prince William.
Professor Mike Nicholls, from Adelaide’s Flinders University – who is left-handed – studied 5,000 five-year-olds. He examined their performances at school and listened to what teachers said about them and came to the conclusion that ‘left-handers tend to do worse as a group than right-handers’.
The groups also insist that lefties are generally more intelligent, better looking, more imaginative and more multi-talented than right.