Science Questions

Sun, 20th Mar 2005

Part of the show Autism, Intelligence and Left-Handedness

Question

Theresa asked:

Is left handedness genetic, and are left handed people more artistically creative?

Answer

It's almost certainly genetic, but it's not very obvious always. And yes, they can more talented, especially mathematically and in the visual-spatial arts. Different people have their brains organised in different ways. The genes Seth was talking about wire people up in different ways and make different combinations. We tend to assume that every brain is the same as every other brain, but every brain is fundamentally different. This gives some of us talents in one thing but make us not so good at others.

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