Does the dominance of one half of the brain or the other determine the way we think and behave? Can we train our brains to find a balance?
In the photo, who is sitting – the lady or the man? Go with your first impression. At first look you’re likely to see the lady sitting and the man with his arms around her neck.
But look again. In reality it’s the opposite. The lady is wearing the blue jeans and has her arms around the man’s neck! Not convinced? Then who has hair on his arms and legs? Pretty interesting, isn’t it?
This leads to the Left brain – Right brain discussion. Many neuroscientists (but not all) believe that we all have two cerebral (brain) hemispheres that constantly interact, each with specific functions.
The left hemisphere is thought to control deductive, process-thinking, and breaks down problems for analysis (for example analysing that the man in the photo has hair on his arms and legs). ‘Left-brained’ people are considered more logical, organized and systematic.
The right hemisphere on the other hand is thought to be more intuitive, thinking in ‘leaps and bounds’. ‘Right-brained’ people are therefore considered more creative and innovative.
But rarely is anyone entirely left or right brained, but more likely inclined to lean one way or the other. Our environment and education sometimes lead us to favour one of these two areas, and this predominance of one side of the brain or the other tends to determine the different ways we think. It can impact our personality and perhaps even the way we behave.
The ideal of course is to foster balanced communication between the two hemispheres. Can we train our brains to compensate for being too dominant on one side or the other? Some of the research indicates that we indeed can, for example that less creative people can learn to be more so by consistently engaging in creative activity – painting, music, and even playing with creative toys. And vice versa.
Naturally of course, some neuroscientists disagree with the Left Brain-Right Brain thesis, and believe that the brain is more complex (and interesting) than that!
Explore some of the award winning STEM Science products we offer at: http://www.thebalancedchild.com.au/product-category/stem-science-toys/