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A schools-only talk by Dr Silvia Paracchini, asking why some people left are handed.

Everybody can easily say which hand they prefer to write with, but what determines hand preference is far from clear. Being left-handed has been associated with many traits, ranging from genius to disease, and strong stigma persisting in some societies.

In this interactive talk, Dr Silvia Paracchini explores myths and facts about handedness and what we are learning from genetic studies.

Dr Silvia Paracchini is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, currently working at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine. Silvia studies the genetic basis of complex cognitive and behavioural phenotypes.

Running times

This talk is 30 minutes long, running on:

  • Thursday 7 July at 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm 
  • Friday 8 July at 10.30am, 12 noon

Attending the event

This talk is exclusive to pre-registered school groups.

  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before and we encourage schools to arrive early to guarantee a place
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2016

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