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Ambidextrous kids more prone to mental issues
live science via msnbc.com ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | By Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 01/26/2010 10:57:47 AM PST by Daffynition

Children who are ambidextrous, using either hand with the same ease, may be more likely to have mental health, language and academic problems than their peers, according to a new study.

The researchers say the findings may help teachers and health professionals identify children who are particularly at risk of developing these problems.

The researchers aren't sure what is behind this link, though they suggest differences in the brain between ambidextrous individuals and those who have a dominant hand may play a role. In fact, scientists aren't sure why some people can use both hands equally well (with no dominant hand), a skill also known as mixed-handedness.

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TOPICS: Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: ambidextrous; brain; disorders; psychology

1 posted on 01/26/2010 10:57:48 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Yea lets label all the kids that are right handed but bat left landed ...Lets put them in the DSM ..we have space now that we took out homosexuality .

Maybe the parents can get SS for the kid < /sarcasm >


2 posted on 01/26/2010 11:03:22 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.)
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To: Daffynition

screen.abort.problem_solved/s


3 posted on 01/26/2010 11:04:50 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (denial springs eternal.)
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To: Daffynition

Darn! I was just finishing my research proving that kids with mental issues are more prone to be ambidextrous


4 posted on 01/26/2010 11:09:24 AM PST by almcbean
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To: Daffynition

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.


5 posted on 01/26/2010 11:13:08 AM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: green pastures

bflr


6 posted on 01/26/2010 11:13:43 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Daffynition

So THAT’S been my problem all along! Who knew? ;-)


7 posted on 01/26/2010 11:15:29 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Last Dakotan

This explains a lot.


8 posted on 01/26/2010 11:15:37 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Daffynition
"Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious." - Charles Shackleford on his basketball skills
9 posted on 01/26/2010 11:16:50 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Daffynition

There could be something to this. I’ve often wondered how left-handed kids react to being unnaturally forced to be “right-handed”.. On the other hand, some people are simply born “ambidextrous”. When my youngest son was small he was throwing the ball back to me with equal ease and coordination with either hand. Basically, whatever hand he picked up the ball with was the one he threw with. I kept waiting for him to show a preference so I would know what kind of glove to get him, but he never did. So I flipped a coin.

Fifteen years later he still throws with both hands and has both left-handed and right-handed gloves. He seems very stable, though. (shrug)


10 posted on 01/26/2010 11:17:28 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Daffynition

I’m ambidextrose - I can eat sugar-laden snacks equally well with either hand.


11 posted on 01/26/2010 11:21:45 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I always knew that I had a problem. But, with no drugs, I just dealt with it.


12 posted on 01/26/2010 11:21:56 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Daffynition

13 posted on 01/26/2010 11:22:52 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Daffynition

Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP39-uqLALE


14 posted on 01/26/2010 11:23:54 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I’ve often wondered how left-handed kids react to being unnaturally forced to be “right-handed”.

We often open doors right into our faces, but other than that "we're good."

15 posted on 01/26/2010 11:30:26 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Daffynition

There are quite a few humans, myself included, that have a “balanced brain.” Meaning, that they are not very right-brained, or left-brained, but draw on both.

The advantage is the ability to see the “big picture” and the “small picture” simultaneously (It’s great for coming up with many potential ‘solutions’ to a given problem. I think it is why I do well in the computer/IT support biz.)

The disadvantage is a kind of conflict (always seeing both sides of an argument, real-time), which these scientists may view as “mental issues.”

And it does affect learning. Story problems, for example, were a source of constant frustration when I was in grade school. I didn’t have a problem coming up with many possible “solutions” based on the number of possible definitions/interpretations of the words and phrases within the problem. Others grab on to the most obvious interpretation and then the solution follows.

My teachers were perplexed because I would do so well in certain things and couldn’t finish others in “the right amount of time.”

I am ambidextrous. It’s noticed by most people when I switch the hand I mouse with at will. If one hand gets tired from mousing, I just switch to the other—freaks ‘em out sometimes.

I wish they were more careful with painting with such a big brush. I would need more information about the study, of course, but leaping to the conclusion that ambidextrous kids have mental issues is dangerous.


16 posted on 01/26/2010 11:30:30 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Daffynition

My son is ambidextrous. Drove his kindergarten teacher nuts. He’d start at the left side of the paper with his left hand, then switch off to his right once he crossed the mid-line. Since then he seems to have settled on right hand for sports, left for writing.

My daughter is right handed, but when she first learned to write, she would write a line left to right, then go down to the next line and mirror write right to left.


17 posted on 01/26/2010 11:34:10 AM PST by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: Lancey Howard

That was so awesome. Everyone’s brain got tweaked on that one. Notice the smiles? A great moment.


18 posted on 01/26/2010 11:34:10 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Boucheau

I see both sides also. I have deep rooted convictions but my mental makeup looks at both sides equally almost to a fault. I guess I should have gone to law school and sought a career as a judge. Or maybe not.


19 posted on 01/26/2010 11:40:10 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: Lancey Howard
I'm not fully ambidextrous but I can bat left handed or right handed and kick with either leg. I can't throw with my left arm or shoot a rifle left handed. The things I can do left handed are things I practiced when I was a kid.
20 posted on 01/26/2010 11:41:02 AM PST by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: Daffynition

I write right handed, sew and play guitar left handed, have an IQ near 150 and can’t remember where I put my shoes most of the time.

Yep, I’m pretty screwed up. I’ll bet on a really bad, my husband will agree with the mental illness part, heeeee


21 posted on 01/26/2010 11:45:21 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Daffynition

Oh yeah, and my mouse can be on either side of my keyboard, doesn’t matter to me. I can use it left or right hand. But I would say my right hand is dominant.


22 posted on 01/26/2010 11:46:34 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: goseminoles

“Or maybe not.”

LOL

I drive my wife crazy with the phrase: “But, on the other hand.”

She thinks I’m settled on something, then I’ll argue the other side, in detail and out loud. Poor thing.


23 posted on 01/26/2010 11:48:26 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Lancey Howard

ME!!!!

In the first grade (in 1979) I would try to write with my left hand and the teacher would physically show me how to hold the paper at a slant to write with the right hand. Said it was less trouble later in life. So things that I wasn’t taught to do things (ie: Sew, play guitar, use mouse), I do better left handed. But hand is trained for right handed for writing.


24 posted on 01/26/2010 11:48:27 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: autumnraine

Use left for sports, right for writing. Much prefer typing though, as I get to use both hands!


25 posted on 01/26/2010 11:50:16 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: Daffynition

There are rumors that Baraq Hussein 0bama-Soetoro al-Kenya swings both ways. Does that explain why he is a sociopathic habitual liar?


26 posted on 01/26/2010 11:51:19 AM PST by hellbender
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To: Daffynition

the only person I know who is totally ambidextrous is just fine.


27 posted on 01/26/2010 11:53:26 AM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming: The Greatest Hoax Since Y2K! Follow the money Coldest winter in 100 years.)
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To: Boucheau

You know, I recognized I said that after I posted. LOL....
Oh well...


28 posted on 01/26/2010 11:55:45 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: hellbender

29 posted on 01/26/2010 11:57:43 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: peeps36

I am not fully ambidextrous either

Left handed:

eat
write
archery
badminton

Right handed:

Baseball
Volleyball
computer mouse
field hockey
bowling
kick


30 posted on 01/26/2010 12:03:16 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Constitution Day

31 posted on 01/26/2010 12:19:50 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Oh, wow! So is it too late for me to get some really cool pills and stuff??!!


32 posted on 01/26/2010 12:34:02 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Boucheau
I am ambidextrous. It’s noticed by most people when I switch the hand I mouse with at will. If one hand gets tired from mousing, I just switch to the other—freaks ‘em out sometimes.

I don't consider myself to be ambidextrous. I'm a "Lefty" and like a lot of left-handers I am much more likely to use my off-hand than right-handers.

One consequence of my 'condition' is that one of the first things I notice about a person is which hand they do things with -- especially in sports. You'd be surprised how few people notice if their opponent is right- or left-handed until you ask them.

33 posted on 01/26/2010 12:44:20 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: acoulterfan

Left Handed:

eat
write
bat (for power)
golf
ice hockey
throw

Right Handed:
bat (for average)
shoot (pistol, rifle, pool)
mouse
punt/place-kick (foot, of course)
archery

Either:

basketball (huge advantage)

I’m much better a bringing in a one-handed catch in football with my right hand as opposed to my left. Never could figure that one out. All in all, I’d say I’m a lefty.


34 posted on 01/26/2010 12:51:41 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Tallguy
Fishing reels are preset for us Lefties.

We cast with our left and crank with our right.

Right handed people........cast with their right, switch hands and then crank with their right.

Watch the BASS Pros on TV do this. A few (right handed)BASS Pros have figured this out and buy left handed reels to cast with their right and crank with their left.

35 posted on 01/26/2010 1:42:44 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: acoulterfan

I’m not fully ambidextrous either. I can write with either hand but when I was teaching I couldn’t write on the blackboard with my left hand. I eat left, sew right and if I play tennis I serve right and hit left.


36 posted on 01/26/2010 2:00:59 PM PST by surrey
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To: RnMomof7
Or let them all become abstract artists.


37 posted on 01/26/2010 3:47:47 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: 109ACS

38 posted on 01/26/2010 3:55:41 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: almcbean; RushIsMyTeddyBear
The Greeks encouraged and tried to promote ambidexterity because it was simply logical in sports and battle to be adept with both hands instead of one. By combining the Phoenician style of writing right to left with their own left to right system, the Greeks created a reading and writing system called boustrophedon, where the lines ran alternately right-to-left and left-to-right. With alternating sweeps of the eyes back and forth, reading was more swift and efficient. ......Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a multi-faceted genius like Leonardo da Vinci. He often painted with both hands. When one got tired, he switched to the other.

British artist, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873) could draw with both hands simultaneously -- a horse's head with one hand and a stag's head with the other. He taught drawing and etching to Queen Victoria who was a lefty that becameambidextrous. ......Fleming, Einstein and Tesla were all ambidextrous. Benjamin Franklin was also ambidextrous and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand. U.S. 20th president, James Garfield was a well educated backwoodsman born in a log cabin. Although he could write with either hand with equal ease, he could also write Greek with his left hand and Latin with his right hand simultaneously! Harry Kahne demonstrated his mental dexterity in 1922 by performing several mental operations simultaneously. While one hand was writing mirror language, the other hand intermingled upside down and backward letters. ......

39 posted on 01/26/2010 3:57:57 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Lancey Howard

I see the big-leagues in his future!


40 posted on 01/26/2010 4:04:19 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition; decimon; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
I wonder if deer are ever bambidextrous?
41 posted on 01/26/2010 4:36:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Daffynition

“The Greeks encouraged and tried to promote ambidexterity because it was simply logical in sports and battle to be adept with both hands instead of one.”
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That’s interesting. Even tho I’m primarily right-handed.....I do karate with my ‘left’ as ‘lead’. Hehe! ;-)


42 posted on 01/26/2010 6:50:55 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Daffynition
It really screwed me up.

In High School I didn't know if I was dating my left or my right hand.

Issues.

43 posted on 01/26/2010 6:56:55 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Pass the Cheetos.


44 posted on 01/26/2010 7:44:02 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

45 posted on 01/26/2010 7:45:32 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: SunkenCiv
I doe not nose.


46 posted on 01/26/2010 8:01:53 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: MARTIAL MONK

[Congrats on your courageous post]

47 posted on 01/26/2010 8:03:44 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Boucheau

48 posted on 01/26/2010 8:05:36 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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