Left-handers no more talented or clumsy than others

The study, conducted by researchers at Monash and Flinders universities, showed that among 6500 children from the US National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, left-handed children were no more likely to experience illness, injury or behavioural problems compared with right-handed children.

However, left-handed children scored 6% of a standard deviation lower on vocabulary tests, 7% lower on maths tests and 8% lower on reading tests, although the latter was not statistically significant.

Study author Professor Mike Nicholls, head of the Brain and Cognition Laboratory at Flinders University, said a subset of left