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.


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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