Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Why do left-handed people survive?

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm



This talk will be given by Prof. Rick Gillman from Valparaiso University

This talk explores the question of why people are predominately right-handed, a trait shared by no other species. It answers the title question by considering the cultural, biological, and genetic explanations for our left-handedness. Two evolutionary game theoretic models are offered to explain why it may have been advantageous (from an evolutionary perspective) to have a fraction of the population be left-handed.

A pizza lunch and refreshments will be served!