Have you ever thought why some people can paint beautifully, but have difficulty adding two and two? Or why some
people can understand the intricacies of calculus effortlessly, but struggle
to write a one-page essay? It's all about which side of your brain dominates
- the left or the right.
The human brain is bifurcated down the middle into two parts, popularly known as the left brain and right brain respectively. We know that different parts of the brain control different bodily and mental functions. Over the years, a theory that has gained in
popularity is that the right brain and the left brain are responsible for
different modes of thought and that the way in which a person thinks will
depend on which side of his brain predominates.
Left brain vs.
People who rely more heavily on the
right half of their brain tend to be more imaginative and intuitive. They
see things as a whole and are interested in patterns, shapes and sizes.
The right brain is associated with artistic ability like singing, painting,
writing poetry, etc. Left-brain dominated people may find their thought
processes vague and difficult to follow, for they are quite opposite in
the way they think. Left-brain dominated people tend to be more logical
and analytical in their thinking and usually excel at mathematics and word
skills. But this does not mean that a person who is left or right brain
dominated does not use the other part of his brain. For most people, the
two parts of the brain work in tandem to enable them to function as well-rounded
The right brain absorbs new information
in chunks, but it is the job of the left brain to sift and sort it in an
organized fashion. However, there is no clear-cut definition of the functions
of the two parts of the brain. Each can do the other's work, just not as
efficiently. Most people have a tendency to lean towards using the left
or right brain while thinking or learning. For instance, right brain dominated
people are often poor spellers as they tend to rely more on their intuition
rather than actually studying the order in which the letters in a word
At the time of their birth, babies
are not predisposed to be either left brain or right brain thinkers. Unfortunately,
our education system with its emphasis on rote learning and exam syllabi
is more tuned to encouraging left brain activity, often to the detriment
of right brain creativity. School examinations are designed to test left
brain activity and encourage conformity in thought. There is a possibility
that if right brain skills are not exercised, they may not develop sufficiently.
When it comes to academics, left
brain dominated children do well at school, as they are more likely to
respond to formal learning. They exhibit greater responsibility, are quite
content to study by themselves and have greater concentration. Right brain
dominated children, on the other hand, are less likely to perform well
academically. They prefer to study with company, cannot sit still for very
long and are more responsive in informal settings.
Right brain and left brain dominated
people can also be categorized as divergent and convergent thinkers respectively.
A convergent thinker has a systematic approach and plays by the rules.
He analyzes everything and reaches a logical conclusion. Thus, scientific
and mathematical activities are more up his street. Such people do very
well on straightforward question and answer type tests.
Divergent thinkers, on the other
hand, are creative and tend to throw the rules out of the window. They
are artistic and always looking for ways to express themselves. They do
much better in exams that require essay-type answers.
There is no such thing that it is
better to be left brain dominated or right brain dominated. You need both
kinds of thinking to function well. While a person may have a dominant
style of thinking, it would be interesting to see how the other half works
and even learn to develop the skills that you lack.
Lack of awareness of our actual strengths and weaknesses leads us to spend our lives in mediocrity. This goes on generation by generation. Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test (DMIT) is a tool to identify our potentials. It works as GPS System in our life. It helps us to know our position and map our direction in life.
hey thats really a great information.
Rage of Reason
i can really relate to what is clearly but briefly described in this article. i recognize it in myself and in my oldest daughter's approach toward many matters in life. both of us tend to obey the impulses of our right brain more than most people are inclined to do.
for more info read betty edwards' "drawing on the right side of the brain." also try clasping your hands together, folding over the fingers (as if in prayer.) if the left thumbis over the right, you have right brained tendancies, and if the right thumb is over the left, you have left brained tendencies. :-)
i think that the school system should try to improve their grading system and gear it towards both sides of the brain
don't give children an excuse that because they are right-brain dominant that they don't have to be good in math. i am a right-brained person and i excelled in math by studying hard and determined to be a science major in high school. i am a phd now and teach statistics.
i think that it is important to develop practical means to train both of the hemispheres sufficiently so that the average intelligence and creativity of mankind can be raised to a higher level, as such there will be more outstanding scientists,politicians,musicians etc. after all, the modern civilization is intimately related to creative and rational thinking, as well as the courage to experiment!
what am i supose to do?
your suposed to write something??
i did not read your article so whatever!!!
my daughter is a right-brained thinker... accompanied by a high iq. i liked your article and agree with other comments that both sides of the brain should be exercised to work together as a whole. its about time educational institutions included activities to stimulate both right and left equally
your passage was a real eye opener. it describes my teen son and me--rigt brain thinkers. the school system needs to stop conforming and bring both brain thinkers together in teaching. it's scary to know that your child might be set up for failure if they are not exercising both. it reminds me of catholic school when they were trying to make me right-handed instead of left. to the phd comment, this is not an excuse for the children but a door opener that can change the way we all think...
i find the whole right/left brain concept just fascinating. i have taken several r/l brain quiz's, and confirm time and time again, i am a definate right brain thinker. it is interesting to me how much influence it has over our thought patterns, and actions, and how we relate to other people.
it is a good article. but in today's contest one should learn use both the sides of brain .i would like to know how we can practice this right from the begining in the children ?
it is soothing to at last feel understod.
i would like to apologise for my friends actions, she isvery immature and i support the whole left-brain stuff, yeah
i think it's the right brain people who are smarter. right brain people are also left handed. the right brain controls our left side and the left brain controls our right side. some people who have photographic memory are right brain.
in india education system is now more emphasizing on this.here, even for a subject like maths, in the primary section one has to graphically illustrate the subject
as a left-brained person, i found the article informative, yet annyoying. where is the left-brain? conventionally, the "left" is determined from the prospective of the observer, which results in "left" situated on the hemisphere located over the region commenly known as the right eye. in other words, the left-right axis is determined by the observer, standing in front of the subject or patient. i believe this is this what is taught in medical school. yet in common parance, "left" hemisphere suggests the area directly above the left eye. it would be helpful, at least to me, if the author would indicate what she means by the "left" hemisphere. perhaps if i were "right-brained" (hence intuitive) i wouldn't need to ask. unfortunately, i'm not; hence this question.
thanks for the great article. i'm finally feeling understood as i read more about the right-brain thinker.
i am not from germany. i think that public schools need to honor creative thought also. if not, honor your kid's creativity and give them crayons! whatever they do with those crayons, praise them. this is the only way to prevent add and such.
i totally agree. i am a right brain thinker and my school tries to turn everyone into a left brainer, with an exception of a few teachers. this needs to be distributed to schools all over the usa
linda dreger silverman's book, "upside-down brilliance, the visual spatial learner" is a great book for those interested in those who are right hemispheric dominant thinkers.
i want to know if i am left brain or right brain
i think left handed children or right sided brain thinkers as they are called need to be taught a different way when it comes to math. i was am a right sided brain thinker and i found learning math very difficult. if it can be addressed and taught correctly these children can show their true math talents and score better on standardized tests and sats.
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