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Laterality : exploring the enigma of left -handedness

Author: Clare Porac
Publisher: Amsterdam : Elsevier Academic Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Left-handedness has been connected to many different conditions, traits, and abilities. This is especially true for pathological syndromes, such as schizophrenia, along with learning disabilities and autism. The published research on handedness is vast and frequently contradictory, often raising more questions than providing answers. Questions such as: Is handedness genetic? Can handedness be changed? Are there
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clare Porac
ISBN: 9780128012390 0128012390
OCLC Number: 926743064
Description: xi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Everybody's right, so what's left? --
Left in the genes --
Who's left in the family? --
Left-handers and the right mind --
Left with raging hormones --
Left to die --
Left in a right-handed world --
Geography, history, and the left hand --
Disorders, diseases, and life on the left --
Life on the left : not bad after all --
More than a left hand --
Leftovers.
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"Left-handedness has been connected to many different conditions, traits, and abilities. This is especially true for pathological syndromes, such as schizophrenia, along with learning disabilities and autism. The published research on handedness is vast and frequently contradictory, often raising more questions than providing answers. Questions such as: Is handedness genetic? Can handedness be changed? Are there consequences to training someone to switch handedness? Are there positive traits associated with left-handedness like creativity? Are there negative traits associated with left-handedness like trouble reading maps? Is it abnormal to do some things right-handed and other things left-handed? Are the brains of left-handers different from the brains of right-handers?"

"'Laterality: exploring the enigma of left-handedness' examines the research conducted over the past 50 years with special emphasis on twenty-first century research on handedness and translates this literature into an accessible and readable form. Each chapter is based on a question or questions covering diverse topics such as genetic and biological origins of handedness, familial and hormonal influences on handedness, and the effects of a majority right-handed world on the behaviors of left-handers." -- rear cover.

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