What does it mean to be left brain dominant or right brain dominant? 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.
Left Brain – Right Brain Theory
According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.
In psychology, the theory is based on what is known as the lateralization of brain function. So does one side of the brain really control specific functions? Are people either left-brained or right-brained? In the case of brain anatomy and function, it is true that our brains are divided into two hemispheres, left and right. Each hemisphere is capable of generating wakeful consciousness by itself.
It is also shown that the dominant brain type has a significant role when it comes to studies. Some students will do better with numbers and others with creative essays, depending on their dominant brain type.
The Right Brain
The right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:
- Reading people
- Recognizing faces
- Expressing emotions
Characteristics of “Right Brain students”
- Good with people
- Dreamy, deep in thought
- Good on writing fiction, draw, or play music
- Fun and witty personality
- Some students may lose track on time and lose notes
In general the right dominated students enjoy the social aspects in class and might get bored easily. An advice for teachers is to keep these students activated, give them the opportunity to write assignments or essays in creative ways.
Some advice for the student is to try to be more organized, make outlines to organize the thoughts and write down directions, complete started projects. .
The Left Brain
The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. The left-brain is often described as being better at:
- Critical thinking
Characteristics of ”Left Brain students”
- Good in mathematics and science
- Rational and logical
- Have structured goals
- Interpret information well
- Answer questions spontaneously
- Can listen to a long lecture without losing patience
- Don’t let feelings get in their way
These students are in general good with numbers and enjoys science class. It is easy for them to remember dates and processes and have a good understanding of grammar and sentence structure. An advice for teachers is to let these students do analytical essays and assignments.
Advice for Left Brain Students is to study in quiet environments. Take advantage of maths and science skills. Take more risks and don’t be afraid to be creative.
The dominant brain type affects the students 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 letting the students understand their dominant brain type, they might be able to adjust their study methods, and perhaps shape schedule and coursework, to suit their own personality type.