6 things you never knew about left-handed people
There are a lot of myths surrounding what it means to be left-handed and throughout history, those who favor the left hand haven't always received the warmest welcome.
But there are a lot of cool things about being a leftie. Here are six facts about them you might not have known before:
1. 10 percent of the population is left-handed. Researchers in France found that this percentage of left-handedness hasn't really changed since the Neolithic times.
2. How do you determine if you're a righty or a lefty? A study found it's determined by how our hair grows. If the hair grows clockwise out of the scalp, you're more likely to be a righty. Lefties don't show any pattern of hair growth.
4. Lefties have different cognitive advantages. An older study found that left-handed people were better at "divergent thinking", and a more recent research cites lefties have better working memories and mental flexibility.
5. Don't get too comfortable with your right hand. A study from 2007 found that as we age, we can become more ambidextrous because we start losing dexterity in our dominant hand.
6. If you're a leftie, you fall into the same group as President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo da Vinci and Marie Curie.
Not a bad batch.
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