Left versus right brain?


I came across this interesting blog post about people being either left or right brained. People who are left brained are more organised and logical, price whilst those who are right brained are more creative. I am not sure it is a binary as that. I can see aspects of myself on both sides. I also wonder if people change over time, viagra for example when I was doing my PhD in Chemistry I was probably more left brain orientated, now the balance is probably more towards the right hand side. Surely it is in part related to your context at any one time? When I left Bristol to take up my chair at Southampton it took me a long time to get back into research. As a director at Bristol I needed to think on my feet and act quickly, whereas research requires you to focus in on things in more detail. What are other people’s views on this and what is your experience?

8 Responses to “Left versus right brain?”

  1. Jonathan Vernon Says:

    The idea behind right and left brain no longer has validity: whole brain would be more appropriate.

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Yep totally agree reminds me of all the nonsense about learning styles ;-)

  3. Malcolm Beet Says:

    So you don’t go along with the notion of ‘learning styles’ - accepted orthodoxy in ITE! I’d be interested to know why.I am sceptical myself.

  4. Dominik Lukes Says:

    See http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/more-left-brain-right-brain-nonsense/ for more recent view on brain lateralization. It has about as much validity as astrology when it comes predicting learning success. However, it doesn’t mean that it could not be a good foundation for talking about learning. Kind of like Myers-Briggs.

  5. Clem Says:

    There was an RSA animate video on the subject last October which you may find interesting? From the website…

    RSA Animate – The Divided Brain
    By The RSA on Monday, October 24th, 2011

    Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme.


  6. Gráinne Says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone and the links - certainly a topic that sparks controversy!

  7. Natalia Says:

    At Harvard they do not agree either

  8. Gráinne Says:

    Thanks Natalia that is good to hear!

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