There is some evidence to support the theory that left-handed people tend to be creative in nature. This stems from the assertion that left-handed people use the right hemisphere of their brains more predominantly and that the corpus callosum that connects the two hemispheres of the brain is slightly larger in lefties. One argument is that left-handed people may process information differently, perhaps in a less linear way than right-handed people.
There are plenty of famous examples of lefties throughout history — Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci, just to name a few.
I myself am right-handed, but my four-year-old daughter is a leftie. I can’t quite tell with my one-year-old yet, as she seems to use both hands equally at this age.
Most of the left-handers I know are extremely creative and excellent problem solvers. I know a number of lefties who are writers, artists, and musicians, but also scientists and engineers. Craig Hampson of Newman-Haas racing told me that his engineering department was comprised entirely of lefties at one point.
I’d like to hear back from others about this issue. Are you right-handed or left-handed, and do you consider yourself a creative person? Do you have a tendency to ‘think outside the box’ or solve problems in innovative ways?