Monday, May 11, 2009

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

Are you a left-brain person or a right-brain person? To be honest, I have no idea about myself, whether I am a left-brain or a right-brain person. So I took a quiz here. And the result stated that I'm a left-brained. Which means that I am logical, sequential, analytical, objective and verbal person. Most of the characteristics are true. I was still curious about the whole idea of left and right brained. Therefore, I searched about it and found this information.


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:
  • Words (verbal)
  • Logical
  • Sequential
  • Rational
  • Analytical
  • Objective
  • Looks at parts
  • Black & White
  • Numbers
  • Critical Thinking

The left brain is associated with verbal, logical, and analytical thinking. It excels in naming and categorizing things, symbolic abstraction, speech, reading, writing, arithmetic. The left brain is very linear: it places things in sequential order -- first things first and then second things second, etc. If you reflect back upon our own educational training, we have been traditionally taught to master the 3 R's: reading, writing and arithmetic -- the domain and strength of the left brain.

Right Brain:

  • Random
  • Intuitive
  • Holistic
  • Synthesizing
  • Subjective
  • Looks at wholes
  • Color
  • Daydreaming
  • Dimesion
  • Creative Thinking

The right brain, on the other hand, functions in a non-verbal manner and excels in visual, spatial, perceptual, and intuitive information. The right brain processes information differently than the left brain. For the right brain, processing happens very quickly and the style of processing is nonlinear and nonsequential. The right brain looks at the whole picture and quickly seeks to determine the spatial relationships of all the parts as they relate to the whole. This component of the brain is not concerned with things falling into patterns because of prescribed rules. On the contrary, the right brain seems to flourish dealing with complexity, ambiguity and paradox. At times, right brain thinking is difficult to put into words because of its complexity, its ability to process information quickly and its non-verbal nature. The right brain has been associated with the realm of creativity.

Creativity and the Right Side of the Brain

Where does creativity come from? How can one person be so creative and another person appear to be uncreative? The source of creativity really stems back to the brain. Prior to the beginning of the twentieth century little was actually known about the brain. In the late 1950's and early 1960's some significant research was conducted by Roger Sperry. Sperry's work, which later earned him the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1981, clearly showed that the brain is divided into two major parts or hemispheres, the right brain and the left brain. His research also identified that each of the parts of the brain specializes in its own style of thinking and has different capabilities.
The Whole Brain
As we develop our creative skills we must also develop our ability to suspend the left brain and to release the right. The ultimate goal for all of us is to approach our life and our work using a "whole" brain approach. We can't make the mistake of thinking that the left and right brains are two totally separate entities within our bodies. They are connected and do have areas of overlap. An integrated "whole" brain approach begins to maximize the untapped potential of the human brain

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Michelle "Lady Bug" said...

This was a really cool post. Very informative. I took the test and I am right brained. I love how it says at the end that I am a dreamer. Haha so true, so true.

boya arsila said...

Yes..I just found out that I'm a left-brained by taking the test=)

Rain said...

I'm right brained! But I really think I'm a little dash of lefty too because sometimes I can be way too logical and literal!

boya arsila said...

Rain: Do you think we can equally share the same usage of both side of our brain? That would be nice=)

Rain said...

Your reply stopped me dead in my tracks! It's a really good question. I don't think it's possible, or maybe I've never met anyone who uses both left and right sides of the brain equally - wouldn't they be perfect?

boya arsila said...

That would be very good Rain..hmm makes me wonder..