Left and right, a battle for the truth

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Bad BBC News! Bad! Bad! The
idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is solely responsible for language
functions is wrong. The idea that the brains of all left-handers are
functionally reversed is wrong. The idea that left-handers are likely to die
younger or are more susceptible to disease is also wrong. The BBC news site
manages to make two of these mistakes in reporting research from Nature
The first two of these popular
ideas, as ever, have a kernal of truth but are considerable simplifications of
a complicated picture. The last idea is just plain wrong. If you don’t believe
me then read Chris McManus’ excellent ‘Right Hand, Left Hand‘.
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific
research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making
Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.