Study: Lefties better at gaming

Aussie prof finds that left-handed people are better at managing information during certain complex tasks, including video game playing.

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Gamers may have a new excuse for losing against their friends--their left-handed friends, that is. According to research conducted by Dr. Nick Cherbuin at the Australian National University, and published last week in the journal Neuropsychology, left-handers often outperform right-handers at fast or difficult tasks involving a large amount of information or stimuli. These tasks include activities such as talking while driving, piloting jet fighters, and playing fast-paced video games. Approximately one in 10 people are left-handers--famous left-handers include George Bush senior, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Matt Groening, and Woody Allen. There are also high numbers of lefties in certain sports, such as tennis, where hand-eye coordination is a key factor. Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, and Greg Rusedski are all left-handed.

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159 comments
melefty
melefty

YAAAAAAH!!!!! GO LEFTYS!!!! WE ROCK!!!!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

why oh why do I have to be right handed :P

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

Yet G5 & G7 mice are right-handed exclusively. BOO to Logitech, YES to Razer

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

not to mention Link (except in the Wii version of T.P.)!

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Oh, you may want to add Rod Laver, too. But I can think of the many right-handed champs in my mind - Becker, Courier, Sampras, Agassi, Federer (& he's about to overtake Laver's Grand Slam title record!), Graf, Hingis, the Williams sisters, Henin-Hardenne, etc. Anyway, if Fatality is still the current champ of pro gaming tournaments, then why is he right-handed?!? I still see this study as suspect. Michael Schumacher - the best open-wheeled racing driver the world has EVER seen is right-handed. Ha! Lol, and Aryton Senna was right-handed, too, lol, as well as Prost, etc. Correct me if I'm wrong. You see, on my keyboard & mouse combo for the PC games, my left hand does type fingers on keys quite quickly. As if I'd need to be a lefty to rule over the other gamers. Pffft.

al
al

i am the only l handed person in my immediate family, maybe that is why i can"hang" with my kids in video games. especially shooters. i need all the help i can get

Axe_336
Axe_336

Yeah, thats right. Explains my L337 gama' skillz!

minigunner240
minigunner240

This explains EVERYTHING, especially why my friend and i can regularly pick up any new game (except sports games.....boo sports) and slaughter the owner (who's probably owned the game for months) on our first try.....it happens alot......yeah, we're both leftys, and we rule.....well, everything except for slow games (ex. RPG's) and sports games, nothing against RPG's though you know.....i like those too

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

ignominiousf, Very True, man. Very true. Hmm, my dad is left-handed and is in the top 1k of Warcraft 3 players. But other than that, I beat him at all other games... go fig.

gameeer1
gameeer1

Yes!! I'm a lefty at basically everything I do!!!

edmakel
edmakel

yEAH....RIIIIIGHTTT.....Please! Where was this study done? Australia???

undox
undox

I knew that using my left hand to control a mouse was a good idea. Now, I have proof if it.

Cloud737
Cloud737

If I remember correctly, each hemisphere of the brain controls the opposite part of the body (like the left part of the brain controls the right side of your body). Each hemisphere also specialized in certain operations and tasks. I think the left part (right hand) was specialized in mathematics, physics and other similar sciences, while the right part (left hand) specialised in arts (drawing,painting). So there is a possibility that left handers (which use the right part of the brain) would beat right handers at certain task, though I never guessed it would include gaming. *Starts to switch mouse to left hand* :D

GKBeetle
GKBeetle

All I know is that my brother is left-handed, and he is the worst video-game player I've ever met. He plays quite a bit, but still sucks horribly. He's pretty much bad at most sports as well. I guess it's more of a generality than a rule.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Yay! I am Natural :D Oh yeah, and isnt there another thing like, Lefties use More of both regions of their brain,which makes them special :P Its just good knowing that :D

cybergooch
cybergooch

Interestingly, left-handed people were always associated with criminals and the general sort of hulligans. Early in American history, teachers would discipline left-handed children whenver they wrote with other than their right hand. This process went on until about the late 50's/ early sixties. I believe that is where ambidextrious traits were developed from.

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

This explains why I used to own in tennis and beat the hell out of people in videogames lol. I could have done without the George Bush association thoug...

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

This explains why I used to own in tennis and beat the hell out of people in videogames lol. I could have done without the George Bush association thoug...

ignominiousf
ignominiousf

But of course nerds who never leave their basement are better than anyone, right or left.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

I'm wondering why are so few lefties in the world? Why there are so many right-handed people (including me)?

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Left handed people are brainier as well, but on average right handed people live 10 years longer, better to be correct all the time, than old and wrong

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Left is right and right is wrong. :-P

ares_infernus
ares_infernus

so just because you're a lefty and im a righty, you're supposed to kick my unbeaten a$$ in any game........ me thinks thats alotta mental pressure on the poor lefty

ocdog45
ocdog45

I'll take any lefty on! righty's rule!

eggsngaming
eggsngaming

People who have a better developed sense of fluid intelligence are better at games than people who have good crystallized intelligence. Fluid is more about problem solving and adapting to the environment. Crystallized is all about routine and memorizing data, which is often associated with left brained people, who are commonly right handed, and vice versa. This study doesn't surprise me at all, especially since I am a left hander!

cybergooch
cybergooch

SpectorX3, you don't seem to understand. The use of your right hand is controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, which is often attributed to the logical thought processes. That means that the right hemisphere is responsible for the creative thought process. This characteristic is in EVERYONE and explains why some people have better math skills while others are better and creating stories or art. Even someone who was BORN without arms shows these tendencies. The fact that the article was titled "Study" should have been a clue that the findings are not SCIENCE; it was an independent study with a limited test field. Now, if this was a study that was performed at HALF the universities in the world and they came up with similar findings, THEN the righties should begin to sweat. Not because of lefties video games prowess, but for professions that deal with the high level of stimuli ; race car driver, jet fighter, etc. These type of positions are usually VERY competitive and an edge is an edge. But, alas, it is just one man's findings in a world of billions. I'm left handed and would like to believe this study, but I get my butt handed to me in GoW every night...maybe by OTHER lefties!

Daffy101
Daffy101

I challenge any of you lefties

LIGC
LIGC

What about this scenario: a left handed guy playing wii sports tennis with his right hand beats all of his right handed buddies...the conundrum!

blackngold29
blackngold29

I don't know seems a little far fetched, I mean you use your right hand to push buttons and your left only moves the joystick. On consoles anyway.

flawedenigma
flawedenigma

quick now think of all the righthanded people that are better than them

joeamis
joeamis

I dunno I think the stastics may be invalid due to the staggering amount of right handed people compared to the tiny amount of left handers.

SouthpawSamurai
SouthpawSamurai

Ha! The RIGHT MAN won't be able to hold us lefties down forever!

And, yes, there have been many studies done into discrepancies into behavior between the majority of the people and the left-handed minority and in most, if not all, the cases, there are noticeble differences between what each type excels at. It's not perfect because it's more than brain-side dominance that affects one's abilities (for example, a disportionate number of lefties are creatively inclined, but there's certainly a lot of talentless lefties).

Personally, I've always been good with situations where others start to have sensory overload, so I'm willing to accept it's possibly just because my right hemisphere is dominant (or 'in my right mind' as lefties like to say :-P ).

djayshaggy
djayshaggy

Aaaand cue all the Right Handers crying BS and all the Left Handers claiming they rule the world! You know I'm surprised that they don't make more controllers cattered for Left Handers. Nintendo is the only one who seems to be trying to accomidate. I love playing the Wii left-handed. It's alot funner, and I'm even better at it than I ever was right-handed (as if I needed to be better, you know, being left-handed and all lol)

umbrae
umbrae

Damn Straight. FEAR THE LEFTIES! MUHAHAHAHA

Recurvebow_ak47
Recurvebow_ak47

Im left handed, and my right handed brother just finished getting his ass kicked on Soul Calibur 3, five times by me. I agree with the study. :)

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Whatever. It could be true, but that doesn't mean a lefty can beat ME. :)

HiResDes
HiResDes

No I'm ambidextrous and I'm no tthat good, Smo17

ffgothic
ffgothic

I'm a leftie! Joy to all lefties, we get all the ladies too.

Smo17
Smo17

You'd think ambidextrous would be the best...

PotatoSklls
PotatoSklls

And thus a schism was formed between the lefties and the righties, with both sides carrying out their noble deeds and treachy schemes. The World is Quiet Here.

Pinkyimp
Pinkyimp

I'm amazed by how many right handers got offended by this RIGHT HANDERS dident get offenced, where did u get that from?? we just stated that this so called "experment" or so they call it was irrevelent and a waste of time and the fact that every lefty in here is goin *LEFTYS will rule the WORLD** is very stupid and i bet every righty could own any of u in 1 game or another and the same for leftys

Airek49
Airek49

Inaccurate. I'm the best gamer in the world and I'm right handed. Sorry.

TryMe01
TryMe01

maybe it because the lefties are in minority conpared to right handers. gives righties a chance to stuff up more often. Besides, everything is made for right handers

Ardus
Ardus

WAHAHAHAHA! Lefties rule!