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Are you left-brain or right-brain?

Nov 3, 2011, 3:21 PM

The first time I was asked this question the thought the one who was asking me that question wanted to play some games. I raised my brows and waited in anticipation as the person went on explaining what she meant. She asked, “What was the last thing you ate on Saturday?”

My eyes involuntarily flickered immediately to the left side of my brain, thinking.

“Gotcha!” she shouted with triumph written all over her face, “You think with the left side of your brain. That means you are left-brain.”

I couldn’t believe it, thinking that was another trick, and we did it again and again, and the result would be me thinking again with my eyes turned to the left side of my brain, searching for an answer.

Scientists have explored theories about the two hemispheres of the brain and the ways that they differ in function and control of the body. According to recent research, people who are right brain dominant and those who are left brain dominant process information and respond in different ways.

Most theories suggest that right-brain dominant people are guided by the more emotional, intuitive right hemisphere while left-brain people respond in sequential, logical ways, guided by the left hemisphere. To a great degree, your personality is shaped by your brain type.

Your dominant brain type has a very significant effect on your study skills, homework habits and grades. For instance, some students may struggle with specific assignment types or test questions, based on their specific brain types.

By understanding your dominant brain type, you may be able to adjust your study methods and perhaps shape your schedule and coursework to suit your own personality type.

What is your brain game?

Do you watch the clock constantly, or does the bell surprise you at the end of the class? Have you ever been accused of being too analytical or do people say you are dreamy? These characteristics can be attributed to brain types. Typically, dominant left-brain students will be more organized, they will watch the clock, and they will analyze information and process it sequentially.

They are often cautious and they follow rules and schedules. Left-brain student are strong in math and science and can answer questions quickly. Left-brain students would make great jeopardy contestants.

On the other hand, right-brain students are the dreamers. They can be very intelligent and very deep thinkers - so much so that they can get lost in their own little worlds. They make great students of the social sciences and the arts. They are more spontaneous than the cautious left brainers and they are likely to follow their own gut feelings.

Right brainers are very intuitive and have great skill when it comes to seeing through lies or tricks. They would make great survivor contestants. What about people who are right in the middle? Everyone is different in their own ways. People who are middle-brain oriented can have strong qualities form either hemisphere. Those students can benefit from logic from the left and intuition from the right (Wikipedia).

Perhaps being left or right brain explains why some people are left or right handed. I was told that if a person is left-brain then he or she would be 90% right-handed. The reverse is the case for being right-brain.

You can do your own little game of brain gaming with others. It can be fun and it can be very helpful in helping you and they know which side of their brain they usually work with.