Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Right Brain vs Left Brain

The concept of right brain and left brain thinking developed from the research in the late 1960s of an American psychobiologist Roger W. Sperry. He discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of thinking. The right brain is visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The left brain is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole picture.

The right brain and the left brain have two different functions. The left brain is also referred to as the digital brain. It controls reading, writing, calculations, and logical thinking. The right brain is referred to as the analog brain. It controls three-dimensional sense, creativity, and artistic senses. While we have a tendency towards one way of thinking, the two sides of our brain work together in our everyday lives.

Because left brain strategies are most often used in homeschool curriculum, right brain students sometimes feel neglected. If you have a child who is right brain dominant, you will find them come alive when you use right brain teaching strategies with them! Dianne Craft has developed many right brain teaching products to help make learning so much easier for the right brain student. And Tony Buzan has written the book "Use Both Sides of Your Brain" to help make learning easier through mind-mapping techniques. By activating the power of both the right brain and the left brain, students will be able to retain knowledge better and become proficient in any subject.

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