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Left Side vs. Right Side of the Brain

Left Side vs. Right Side of the Brain

Has someone ever told you that you are more “right-brained” or more “left-brained”? Do you wonder what it all means and if there’s even any difference? You would be surprised! Read this article to find out how the two distinct halves of the brain affect your everyday life.

The Two Halves of the Brain

Every single person has a right brain and a left brain. The two different sides of the brain control two different types of thinking. The right brain is the “creative” side while the left brain is the “logical” side. Research reveals that most people prefer only one style of thinking over the other. That is, some people are naturally more creative or right-brained, while others are more logical, making them left-brained. Ironically, the right side of the brain controls the muscles on the left side of the body while the left side controls the muscles on the right side of the body.

There is a fold that goes from the front to the back of the brain, essentially dividing it into two different parts. The “corpus collosum” is a thick bundle of nerves at the base of the brain connecting the two different parts. Additionally, it wires the right side of the body to the left side of the brain and vice versa. This crossover is applicable to all areas of the body, including the eyes, which process a majority of their sensory data on the opposites of the brain.

Research has revealed that most children are ranked as being highly creative (right brained) before they enter school. By the time they reached the age of 7, only ten percent of them are ranked as highly creative. This is because the education system has placed more value on left brained skills which include mathematics, logic, and language. By the time they reached adulthood, only two percent of the population are ranked as being highly creative.

The right side of the brain looks at the whole first before it break things down into parts. It is also random. A right brained person is more likely to move from task to the other – getting the same amount of work being done by a left brained person but without paying attention to priorities. The right side likes thing to be concrete. It likes to be able to see, feel or touch the real object. It also likes context. Right brained people are said to know what they mean but often having trouble in verbally expressing them.

The left brain, in contrast, processes information in a linear manner, it processes from a part to a whole. It takes every piece of information, lines them up, and then arranges them into a logical order before they form conclusions. It also processes in sequence. Tasks are finished in order and easily learn things in sequence. The left side of the brain easily processes symbols including letters, words, and mathematical notations. Left brained people are known to easily cope with mathematical and linguistic tasks. They are easily able to express themselves in words.

The Functions of the Right Brain

The right side of the brain can be perceived as the “creative” side. Its functions include:

  • uses feeling
  • “big picture” oriented
  • imagination rules
  • symbols and images
  • present and future
  • philosophy and religion
  • can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
  • believes
  • appreciates
  • spatial perception
  • knows object function
  • fantasy based
  • presents possibilities
  • impetuous
  • risk taking

Also, some of the abilities that are associated with the right brain include:

  • recognizing faces
  • expressing emotions
  • music
  • reading emotions
  • color
  • imagination
  • intuition

The right side is thought of primarily as being the random, intuitive side that tends to look at the whole first. It is also holistic, subjective, and synthesising.

Left and right side of the brain

The Functions of the Left Brain

The left side of the brain can be perceived as the “logical” side. Its functions include:

  • uses logic
  • detail oriented
  • facts rule
  • words and language
  • present and past
  • math and science
  • can comprehend
  • knowing
  • acknowledges
  • order/pattern
  • perception
  • knows object name
  • reality based
  • forms strategies
  • practical
  • safe

Also, some of the abilities that are associated with the left brain include:

  • language
  • logic
  • critical thinking
  • numbers
  • reasoning

The left side is the logical, sequential, and rational side of the brain. It is also analytical, objective, and looks at the parts of a thing first, before putting them together into a whole.

Updated: 18 January 2019

Topic: Brain Gym

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