Right Brain vs. Left Brain
Most people in the world are left brained - are INTPs on the wrong side again? - Find Out
A quick way to find out 1. with both eyes, put a distant object into the circle formed by your thumb and forefinger 2. now without moving, close your left eye, and if the distant object is still in the circle, you are left brained - if the object is no longer in the circle, you are right brained. [this works for right handed people, but I think left handers - and right handers - should take the test.
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__________________________Right Brain
Looks at parts______________________Looks at wholes
Verbal, focusing on words, symbols____Visual, focusing on images, patterns
Process ideas sequentially____________Process ideas simultaneously
Words used to remember things________Mind photos used, remember, faces not names
Make logical deductions______________Make lateral connections
Work up to the whole step by step_____See the whole first, then the details
Like making lists and planning_________Free association
follow rules without questioning________Like to know why you're doing something or why rules exist
Good at keeping track of time_________No sense of time
Things easily memorised_____________May have trouble with spelling and finding right words
Enjoy touching and feeling objects______Enjoy observing
Plan ahead_________________________Trouble prioritising, so often late, impulsive
Likely read an instruction manual first___Unlikely to read instruction manual before trying
Listen to what is being said ___________Listen to how something is being said
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, 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.
How Right-Brain vs. Left-Brain Thinking Impacts Learning
Curriculum--In order to be more "whole-brained" in their orientation, schools need to give equal weight to the arts, creativity, and the skills of imagination and synthesis.
Instruction--To foster a more whole-brained scholastic experience, 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.
Assessment--For a more accurate whole-brained evaluation of student learning, educators must develop new forms of assessment that honor right-brained talents and skills.
Artists, Eyes, Hands and Brains
Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain