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Right Hand or Left Hand?

  • Göran Lundborg
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Abstract

Though the aetiology of left- and right-handedness is not well understood, it is believed genetics may play an important role. In our society most industrial products, electronic equipment, mechanical tools and kitchen utensils are produced for right-handed people, something that may cause considerable problems for the left-handed. Left-handedness has often been associated with creativity, musicality and artistic talents, and many of our most famous painters and successful people in culture and society are lefties. From the linguistic point of view, the words corresponding to right and left represent good and evil, and in many cultures the symbolic roles of the right and left hands are quite different. The dominance of right-handedness or ‘right behaviour’ might have evolved very early in evolution and seems to be present not only in humans but also in several animal species.

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Stone Tool Potato Peeler Artistic Talent Koobi Forum Family Trait 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Göran Lundborg
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  1. 1.Hand Surgery Department of Clinical SciencesMalmö Lund University Skäne University HospitalMalmöSweden

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