A is for Ambidextrous
Ambidexterity means that you are equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages (such as the hands). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are naturally ambidextrous are uncommon, with only one out of one hundred people being naturally ambidextrous.
What does that mean to us writers…and I’m not talking about what hand you write with.
First, how is it determined whether your right-handed, left-handed, or both? One common theory is the division of labor in the hemispheres of the brain. Since speaking and handiwork require fine motor skills, the presumption is that it would be more efficient to have one brain hemisphere do both, rather than having it divided up. Since in most people the left side of the brain controls speaking, right-handedness would naturally predominate. The left side is also in charge of carrying out logic and exact mathematical computations. When you need to retrieve a fact, your left brain pulls it from your memory.
The right hemisphere is typically referred to as the creative area of the brain. It is mainly in charge of spatial abilities, face recognition and processing music. This side of the brain also helps us to comprehend visual imagery and make sense of what we see. It plays a role in language, particularly in interpreting context and a person's tone.
Most people considered ambidextrous were originally left handed and learned to be ambidextrous, either deliberately or in school, or jobs where right-handed habits are often emphasized or required. Since many everyday devices (such as can openers and scissors) are asymmetrical and designed for right-handed people, many left-handlers learn to use them right-handedly due to the rarity or lack of left-handed models.
Does this mean that writers…born ambidextrous…or have learned to be over time…utilize more of their brains and are more creative? What do you think?