40 Days of Awwwesome: To the left, to the left

Reposting Sunshine’s very interesting post, for all you lefties!

Credit: @nareejo

Credit: @nareejo

If you’re a David Archuleta fan raise your hand. I raised my left hand, how about you?

As soon as I found out David was left-handed – as am I – so many things clicked into place for me.

This David tweet for example: “I’ve noticed a pattern in my life of liking to look up statistics of random things. Populations, sales, names, etc. Not exactly sure why.”

I’ll tell you why, David. It’s probably because you’re left-handed. I’ve always been a Billboard chart and stats junkie too and research shows that we southpaws have a heightened degree of spatial awareness and sense of dimension, and we use visual cues – like charts and stats – to process information.

Bookends, N.J. Credit: Snarky Archies

What makes a person left-handed? It’s because the brain is “cross-wired” so that the left hemisphere controls the right-handed side of the body and vice-versa and hand dominance is connected with brain dominance on the opposite side. The left brain focuses on syntax and order (right-handed people), while the right brain monitors context and emotions (lefties).

This brain dominance makes left-handers more likely than right-handers to be creative and visual thinkers. This is supported by the higher-than-average percentages of left-handers found in certain jobs and professions — music and the arts and media, for example.

About 10% of men and 8% of women are left-handed, and archaeological evidence indicates that these percentages have been stable for thousands of years. So you could say David is one in 10 (or one in a million, depending on how you look at it :) ).

With the book signings going on this past week, and videos of David autographing away with his left-hand, I dug up a few more fascinating facts about lefties:

Credit: RisingStarOutreach.com

Leadership. About 66% of American presidents in the last 30 years were left-handed men. Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford were all left-handed presidents. Barack Obama and John McCain are both left-handed.

Independence. Some experts believe left-handed people are more independent because they’ve had to get along in a world that’s not made for them — that lefties are slightly more resistant to social pressures.

Adaptability. Canadian research shows that left-handed people are more adaptable than right-handed people. That is, a leftie can use his or her right hand to do tasks much easier than a rightie can use his or her left hand.

Visual memory. Left-handed persons use visual stimulus to process information. Research reveals that people who are left-handed do not use the sequential processing style like their right-handed colleagues, to disseminate information. Instead they are good at applying themselves to multiple tasks with the help of the synthesis method of breaking down information and finding a solution.

Musical aptitude. 50% of The Beatles are left handed (Paul and Ringo). (This has nothing to do with music but 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed, which is 250% more than the normal level.) Other leftie musicians include:

um, this is real, by the way. Right, beebee? :)

Bach
Mozart
Robert Plant
Rachmaninoff
Paul Simon
Seal
Sting
Beethoven
Celine Dion
Bob Dylan
David Bowie
Phil Collins
David Foster
Stewart Copeland and Sting (both of The Police)
david-archuleta-signing-cd-deseret-bookBob Geldof
Glenn Frey
Glenn Gould
Jimi Hendrix
Annie Lennox
Wynton Marsalis
David Cook ☺

So, any other lefties out there?

— Sunshine

More Fox 13 photos HERE.

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5 Responses to 40 Days of Awwwesome: To the left, to the left

  1. Haroldcpim says:

    Very interesting wow I never knew so much about lefties. Thanks for the lesson on lefties !
    I still love him left or right “A”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Cool. My hubbie is a leftie and a very lot of what you wrote sure fits him.

    ‘Slightly more resistant to social pressure” – fits David eh! and am I ever glad…

  3. peppertara says:

    Really interesting to read about ‘lefties’. A lot seems to apply to David actually. Personally I am not a leftie but I know some wonderful lefties, some terrific people.
    Nice to see the official track list for No Matter How Far on the OS. I am loving it, glad that some of the songs from Asian edition albums are on this one. Many people out there have not heard them.
    So looking forward to this album….another fabulous compilation of songs from a Master artist and one incredible leftie. :)

  4. Kizzi says:

    Wonderful Sunshine! Lefties are irreplaceable. :D

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