Left Brain vs. Right Brain  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
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6/8/2006 9:01 am

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6/12/2006 12:22 pm

Left Brain vs. Right Brain

Right Brain vs. Left Brain


This theory of the structure and functions of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different "modes" of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other.

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

Left Brain
Looks at parts
Right Brain
Looks at wholes

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general..our schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking..while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis..and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand..focus on aesthetics..feeling, and creativity. To my way of thinking..both of these areas are needed. Certainly both types of people are needed for a balance in any society. If these attributes can be found in a single individual..wouldn't that make for a more rounded personality? We need to begin with the education of our children..beginning with early education.

How Right-Brain vs. Left-Brain Thinking Impacts Learning


In order to be more "whole-brained" in their orientation..schools should give equal weight to the arts..creativity..and the skills of imagination and synthesis.


To foster a more whole-brained scholastic experience..it is recommended..that teachers should use instruction techniques that connect with both sides of the brain. They can increase their classroom's right-brain learning activities by incorporating more patterning, metaphors, analogies, role playing, visuals, and movement into their reading, calculation, and analytical activities.

For a more accurate whole-brained evaluation of student learning..educators must develop new forms of assessment that honor right-brained talents and skills.

Do you think you're more a left brain person..a right brain person..or equally developed in both modes?

Bernice McCarthy, The 4-MAT System: Teaching to Learning Styles with Right/Left Mode Techniques.

Content by On Purpose Associates.


interested13563 53M
2557 posts
6/8/2006 4:23 pm

I think I am more "left-brained" but I also think that
schools do not give enough education towards development
of the LEFT part of the brain.

puntachueca 105M

6/8/2006 6:22 pm

Unfortunately our educational system tries to force people to be left dominant (right handed)..some folks are dominant Right and are devalued.(Note all the derogatory references to "left handed"). Music and art programs are equally important...but the first cut.

In the Old Times when the Goddess ruled, there was balance...

It is the same issue as Yin Yang, Masculine Feminine. To be whole we must tap into and have access to both.

Been working on this for a long time...and now have access to both.

ArgosPlumyKooky 45F
3902 posts
6/8/2006 8:06 pm

oh i'm so right that left hurts

Wordsmith2004 36M
7233 posts
6/9/2006 11:04 am

Ummm....I'm a poet/Wordsmith.....whaddya think hmmmmmm?? lol

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rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
6/9/2006 6:23 pm

I think I'm more left, but I do have a lot of right characteristics

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
6/12/2006 9:32 am

I suppose I spend a bit too much time using the left side of my brain but I do enjoy making the shift to being creative. Sometimes blogging can fill that space but I am most into the right side when I do wood carving or work with clay. I love that sense of loosing time when I am over there.

I think the loss of the arts and music in the school system is a travesty.

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
6/12/2006 10:43 am

i did a test on this a few years back and apparently i am one of the few that has neither predominant but switches between both depending on how much of each each task requires. my work involves a lot of left brain thinking; i think i often don't enjoy it because i need to use both and my left brain gets tired... actually the only thing that seems to satisfy both needs at once is when i am working on a piece of creative writing and at the moment i am too tired all the time for that...

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