Are you a leftie or not?

The human brain is divided into two hemispheres and in general these two hemispheres process information in different ways.
For some odd reason, your left and right hemispheres control the opposite side of your body. In other words, your right brain controls your left side including what you see in your left eye while the left brain controls the right side and processes what your right eye sees.

In everyday life your brain works together to perform different tasks, each side either left or right are responsible for specific actions. The right brain primarily focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole.  Left brain thinking is verbal and analytical while the right brain is non-verbal and intuitive, using pictures rather than words. The quickest way to know whether a person is more dominant in the left or the right brain, you should ask for directions to a place. The right brained person would most likely say - “At the end of the road you will get to a stop where the Engen garage is on your left, then go straight till you reach the circle”  where a left brained person would more likely say something like this - “From here, go west three blocks and turn north on Vine Street”.

Although right brained thinking is often regarded as more ‘creative’, there is no right or wrong when it comes to left and right, it is merely two different ways of thinking. One is not seen as better than the other, just as being right handed is not superior to being left handed. What one should keep in mind is the fact that there are different ways of thinking, and by knowing your natural preference, you can pay more attention to the less dominant side and improve the same.

Here are some functions associated with each hemisphere:

Left brain functionsRight brain functions

linear reasoning approach

holistic reasoning approach

analytical

conceptual

verbal/word

nonverbal/illustrations

articulate

difficulty explaining ideas verbally

logical

intuitive

responds to word meaning

responds to emotions/tone of voice

reality

creative and imaginative

likes to make plans

impulsive and spontaneous

controls right side of body

controls left side of body

sequential processing

random processing, looks for patterns

pays attention to details

lacks organization

prefers symbols

prefers concrete real objects

likes writing

likes drawing

math and logic

art

math: geometry

math: arithmetic, algebra

narrow minded, selective

flexible, variable

For fun you can do the test and see which side of your brain is more dominant? The 30-Second Brain Test

Sources:
livescience.com
ucmas.ca

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