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Right Brain vs. Left Brain Functions

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Learn the different unique characteristics of the right and left brain.

Learn the different unique characteristics of the right and left brain.

The Human Brain

The human brain is divided into two distinct cerebral hemispheres connected by the corpus callosum. The two sides of the brain resemble each other, but their functions are distinctly different. The brain only weighs three pounds, and it is made up of about 100 billion neurons.

Many of our past beliefs about the duality of the brain are coming under scrutiny. In fact, we are all a mixture of the characteristics from both sides. Nevertheless, there are still some characteristics thought to be more left or right-sided.

Questions This Article Will Answer

  1. What are the characteristics of the right brain and left brain?
  2. What are the brain's anatomy and function?
  3. What were the "split-brain" experiments?
  4. What are some activities performed by each hemisphere?
  5. How did the Mayo Clinic map the brain?
  6. What careers are good for right and left-brained people?

The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.

— Thomas A. Edison

1. Characteristics of the Right and Left Brain

Left BrainRight Brain

Logical

Uses feeling

Detail oriented

Big picture oriented

Facts rule

Imagination rules

Words and language

Symbols and images

Math and science

Intuition

Can comprehend

Appreciated

Knowing

Spatial perception

Acknowledges

Knows object function

Knows object name

Fantasy based

Reality based

Presents possibilities

Practical

Impetuous

Risk avoidant

Risk taker

Puzzle solving

More likely to visualize than think in words

The left brain tends to think verbally and logically.

The left brain tends to think verbally and logically.

What Is the Brain's Anatomy and Function?

While no one is really left-brained or right-brained only, unless a hemisphere is damaged or removed, it is quite interesting to see how people test. Broad generalizations are made in popular psychology about certain functions on one side or the other. The brain receives messages through the five senses: touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing.

Actually, scientists continue to explore how some cognitive functions tend to be dominated by either side, that is how they are lateralized. The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body and vice versa for the right side.

Both sides of the brain control different functions of the body. Each side of the brain is distinctly different from the other side because their functions are uniquely different.

Brain anatomy is very interesting with the specific differences between the right and left side. For instance, a part of the brain called the lateral sulcus generally is longer in the left hemisphere than in the right hemisphere, but scientists do not always see any functional differences. If a specific area of the brain is injured, its functions sometimes can be assumed by another area of the brain. This is a very unique function of the brain.

The right brain tends to think emotionally and artistically.

The right brain tends to think emotionally and artistically.

With regards to visual perception, the right side of your brain will help you see the bigger picture while the left side will help you process the smaller details.

— Caleb Backe, Health & Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics

3. What Were the "Split Brain" Experiments?

In 1981, Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize as he conducted experiments called the “Split-brain” experiments. A patient suffered from uncontrolled seizures and had an area of his brain removed by surgery in an attempt to control his illness, which was the corpus callosum.

After the surgery, the patient seemed to function normally, as he could walk, talk and eat, however, some astounding results occurred. They conducted tests individually on both sides of the body. For instance, the right eye and hand could name an object such as a pencil but could not explain what it was used for. The left eye and hand couldn’t name it, but it could demonstrate how to use it.

According to Roger Sperry (1973), The main theme to emerge... is that there appear to be two modes of thinking, verbal and nonverbal, represented rather separately in left and right hemispheres respectively and that our education system, as well as, science in general, tends to neglect the nonverbal form of intellect. What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.”

He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his amazing work on split-brain function.

4. Activities and Brain Hemispheres

Right Brain DominatedLeft Brain DominatedBoth

Painting

Mathematics

Writing music

Sculpting

Essay writing

Writing poetry

Left hand control

Right hand control

Writing fiction

Musical improvasation

Copyediting

Architecture

Daydreaming

Programming

Scientific illustration

According to the Left-Brain Right-Brain Theory, the different hemispheres of our brain control different types of cognition. The left hemisphere is said to be more objective, practical, and analytical, while the right hemisphere is said to be more subjective and thoughtful. Yet, of course, the two sides work together to help us function properly. For instance, our left hemisphere helps us say words in the proper order, while the right side helps us understand the meaning of the words.

— Caleb Backe, Health & Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics

5. How Did the Mayo Clinic Map the Brain?

Brain mapping is an advanced neurosurgical procedure used to identify which areas of the brain controls various functions, and this surgery is currently being studied at Mayo Clinic.

Typically, mind mapping is used for patients with certain types of brain tumors or epileptic seizures when the disease is found in areas of the brain that affect the patient’s vision, language, and body movement.

The patient is initially put to sleep so numbing medication can be given, then awakened while the neurosurgeon stimulates the brain. They might be asked to move in a particular way or look at something specific.

The patient is not in pain. A three-dimensional computer image of mapping software is used for taking images before the surgery and during the surgery as a guide.

Then, the neurosurgeon can remove the tumor or the damaged tissue, which would stop the patient from having multiple seizures. Highly trained and experienced neuro-anesthesiologists specifically trained in this type of surgery are necessary so the patient feels no pain. Another specialist assesses the body movement, speech and language skills and a computer engineer manages the computer-guided imagery.

6. Careers for Right and Left Brained People

RightLeft

Graphic Design

Mathematician

Counselor or Psychologist (due to the highly developed emotional side)

Reporter

Interior Designer

Programmer

Painter

Business Analyst

Musician

Network Administrator

Manager

Scientist

Common Questions About the Brain

What Does It Mean If You Are Right or Left Brain?

The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you're mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you're said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you're thought to be right-brained. However, everyone uses both sides of their brain.

Which Side of the Brain Is More Intelligent?

It also controls the left side of the body, so right-brained people are often left-handed. Right-brain dominant people are characterized as artistic, innovative and often random.

As we age it is good to play mind games or use brain teasers to keep your mind sharp, as it needs exercise just as much as your body does.

How Can I Improve My Right and Left Brain?

  1. Exercise.
  2. Consume animal-based omega-3 fats.
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Use coconut oil.
  5. Take vitamin D.
  6. Optimize your gut flora.
  7. Take vitamin B12.
  8. Listen to music.

Do These Hemispheres Shape Our Society?

Since we live in a world that is hugely left-brained, we end up with a more materialistic world than a spiritual one. The language of the spirit is intuition, impressions, images, feeling, and pictures.

It is interesting to look at your life habits, the way you relate to others and see if you can figure out which is a right-brain vs. left brain function

Sources

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: How is breathing controlled by the brain?

Answer: Breathing is controlled by the brainstem, which is located in the middle of both hemispheres of the brain.

Question: How does the right brain function?

Answer: Right brain characteristics: uses feeling; big picture oriented; imagination rules; symbols and images; intuition; appreciated; spatial perception; knows object function; fantasy based; presents possibilities; impetuous and risk taker.

Question: What is the difference of left brain and right brain?

Answer: Look at the section of the article that lists the functions of the left and right side of the brain, which is under the "Characteristics of Both Sides of Brain".

Question: Does the left part of the brain control the right side?

Answer: The left side and the right side have different functions. These function are listed under the "Characteristics of Both Sides of Brain". The left side of the brain is responsible for logical thinking, but it does not control the right side.

Question: Hi I think I use more of my Right Brain. I also am right handed. Is that even some- what possible? The things I am able to do without struggling is on the right side.

Answer: The only thing I remember reading is usually a right brained person is left handed, but that is not always true. I would say that is possible, but I am not a doctor.

Question: What is the autonomic nervous system?

Answer: There is the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems. The right is controls the “Rest and Digest” response, which is the autonomic nervous system.

Question: Which side of your brain is more important?

Answer: There is not one side that is more important as everyone uses both sides of their brain. As I described in the article there are differences, but whether you are more gifted as an artist or as a computer programer both sides of the brain are important.

Question: I'm deaf in my left ear, so how does my brain work on the right or left side?

Answer: "Normally, sounds received through the left ear are processed in the right half of the brain and vice versa. But if, for example, the left ear is damaged, the left part of the brain will attempt to compensate for the hearing loss and the resulting consequences for the sound processing." https://www.hear-it.org/brain-adapting-to-hearing-...

Remember, I am not a doctor, so hearing loss needs to be treated by a doctor. I found the above answer online and hope it answers your question, as I think it depends on the type of hearing loss as the degree of hearing loss as well.

Question: Is the brain's left hemisphere more important than the right hemisphere?

Answer: I would not say the left is more important as we use both sides of our brains, thank goodness. I guess if you have a truly analytical way of thinking and absolutely no artistic side you would be left dominate. I don't mean artistic as in being a painter; it is someone who sees the big picture and possibilities when solving some problem. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I am not a doctor, so this is just what I have researched and learned as an RN.

Question: Is it possible for both hemispheres to be equally dominant and completely balanced?

Answer: I know that both sides of the brain work together in numerous situations, but I have never read that they can be equal. I have only read about one side being more dominant, and I think that dominance could be more or less for some people. I'm sorry, I cannot give you a more accurate answer.

Question: Can I use Abacus to improve my left and right brain?

Answer: I found an article that states when children learn on the abacus rather than the tradition methode they are training the right side of the brain. You may want to read this article; https://www.mathgenie.com/blog/the-science-behind-...

Question: Which subjects are stored in the left brain and right brain ?

Answer: The left side of the brain may have more facts, but people use both sides of their brain. Emotions that are expressed and recognized by other people come from the right side, so an emotional event will be remembered by the right side. More recent studies of the brain suggest that most of us use each side fairly equally. Your question is difficult to answer for that reason.

Question: What side of your brain is better right or left?

Answer: There is no better side as I understand it. We all use both sides of our brains. Some people are more dominant on one side or the other but you can't change that anyway. The left side dominance is more analytical and the right side is more artistic, but remember I am not a doctor so I am telling you what my research has revealed.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 10, 2020:

Hi MG,

Your experience with the yoga if very interesting. I have heard so much Iabout using the left side of your brain by doing puzzles or even writing, but I never knew you could use yoga for that purpose.

Thanks for your comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 09, 2020:

This is an excellent article. Lots of information given. I remember I used to attend yoga classes under Swami Shraddhanand. He used to teach us to exercise the left part of the brain because generally, people use the right side more, and hence the right side of the brain gets activated more.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 09, 2020:

Hi Madiha,

I am so glad you found this article interesting. Thank you for your comments.

Madiha Ajaz from Karachi, Pakistan on June 09, 2020:

This is informative and interesting at the same time. Your topics are amazing and I'm super glad that I read them..

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 25, 2019:

Hi Venkatachari, I am glad you found this article helpful. The brain is amazing, and it is interesting how the brain can sometimes compensate for a brain injury. I appreciate your comments.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 25, 2019:

Very informative and useful article. You mentioned many wonderful facts here.

I came to this article by googling after viewing a TV serial in which the doctor examining a patient mentioned some medical facts about his damaged brain by telling that generally, both hemispheres compensate each other when a particular part of it is damaged. So, I wanted to know whether there are such specialities about the two sides of the brain and learned many new things here.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on November 09, 2018:

Hey, Pamela, like all others, learning is an ongoing activity every day of one's life. It is good to read and learn. This article means much to me and others, otherwise, I will be a half-baked cake! Enjoy the day!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 09, 2018:

Miebakagh, I am glad you found this information new and interesting. I appreciate your comments.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on November 08, 2018:

Hello, Pamela, this is a very interesting, informative and educative article. I had not heard half of the story before. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 20, 2015:

dahoglund, I also think this is an interesting topic, as were your results of the test. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 20, 2015:

Patricia, That is so interesting that you used your knowledge to enhance the learning capability of the children. Thanks so much for your comments as always and thanks for the share. God bless.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 18, 2015:

I took a test that someone gave me to try. The result was that I am almost split down the middle, maybe a slight favoring of the left side. Interesting subject.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 18, 2015:

Hi Pamela

This topic always fascinates me even though I have taken many classes on the subject and have those in my family who have had /have brain tumors.

The subject is particular interest as a teacher (even though I am retired I will always be one). We used many strategies and techniques involving fostering use of the whole brain. I learned specific physical activities that I believe helped my students to learn better. I may just be prompted to write about those experiences thanks to your inspiration. Angels are on the way to you today. ps

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Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 14, 2014:

ausmedus, Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 14, 2014:

ausmedus, I am very happy that you enjoyed this hub, and thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 31, 2013:

My account has been hacked. Hubpages has not been able to figure how to hlpe yet. I have had literally hundreds of emails from "annymous," the name is in black letters. Click on the name and nothing happens. They have started using the names of people that have been banned from Hubpages. I changed my password, deleted my email account and opened a new one. This hacker was using my new account within the hour. The only thing that stops him is to be on vacation, which means I cannot get any comments at all. I thought everyone should be aware that this could happen to you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 31, 2013:

ausmedus, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 01, 2013:

I hope you are going to make great progress in this area. Thanks for your comments.

jklahlou on August 01, 2013:

I agree Wikipedia should never be relied upon, but its a great heuristic. As a student of neuroscience I haven't been taught of any insofar other than a predominance of the language areas to be in the left hemisphere. It would be false to say that one side of the brain is for one thing and the other for another (analytic and creative), and has been falsified using neuroimaging techniques on humans (EEG & fMRI).

The areas brain can and have been mapped and their functions have been understood (at least partly).

The same point was made on the top comments on the YouTube video 'Left vs. Right brain education'.

I agree, scientists have a very long way to go in understanding the brain, something I wish (and hope) to do in the future. 'Neuroplasticity' is a magical thing, where the surrounding tissues take on the functions of a specific area of the brain that has been damaged and the person starts to recover.

Keep up the great writing!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 01, 2013:

jklahlou, There is some truth to that, but Wickpedia is not considered the most reliable souce for accurate information. There are some proven anatomical differences between the two sides and Mayo Clinc's brain mapping has been helpful for neurosurgeons. I have heard stories where people had one side of their brain damaged and over time the other side is capable of taking over some new functions. I think scientist still have a lot to learn about the brain. I appreciate your comments.

jklahlou on August 01, 2013:

Your article is well written, however there is little lateralization of function that I know of other than language (Broca's and Wernickes area's).

Wikipedia: "Broad generalizations are often made in popular psychology about one side or the other having characteristic labels, such as "logical" for the left side or "creative" for the right. These labels need to be treated carefully; although a lateral dominance is measurable, both hemispheres contribute to both kinds of processes, and experimental evidence provides little support for correlating the structural differences between the sides with such broadly-defined functional differences."

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 26, 2013:

Famousidiot, I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I appreciate your comments. I will email you.

Famousidiot on February 24, 2013:

I always love studying and knowing about BRAIN. and now i took the test.. its 48 % left and 52 % right... i guess i am balanced.. the test result is right . well.. could i get more deep into it.. can you give your email to contact you? or .. mail me.. my id is fakrutheidiot@gmail.com

Sallie Smith from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on August 07, 2012:

very fantastic and clear explanation about the most complex chemical machine in the world, i.e, Our intelligent brain...........Liked it, voted for it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 08, 2012:

Jeshrash, I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 10, 2012:

Kimura, Email me at genealogyrus@google.com and I will send you my last name. I have no problem with your using the hub for as essay.

Kimura on February 09, 2012:

I need to use your hub as a reference for a point im making in an essay - but i have to have the authors name and cant put Pamela99 down as your last name, would it be possible to have your last name for this purpose?

Thanks

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 18, 2012:

janin palafox, Thank you so much for your comments and I'm glad the hub was helpful to you.

westwoodlaser, I appreciate your comments.

westwoodlaser on January 18, 2012:

Its a very interesting topic you have chosen, Really i enjoyed a lot while reading this hub.

janin palafox on January 17, 2012:

i really think this information do help me realize a lot of things, not only about the functions of the brain but also the things we do and the thoughts that make us grow...

thank you for sharing this awesome info. it's very useful specially that I'm a student. it can make me deal, enhance, and perform well both of my right and left brain.

thanks again.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2012:

Lovely 7, Thank you so much for your comments.

Lovely 7 on January 07, 2012:

Pamela

Very informative hub.

Thanks for sharing

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 08, 2011:

tarajeyaram, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

tarajeyaram from Wonderland on December 07, 2011:

Great hub! I loved reading it. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2011:

Kris Heeter, I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and I very much appreciate your comments.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 06, 2011:

Very useful hub. The biologist in me loves this kind of stuff!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 22, 2011:

susan54, It's fun to find out where we stand. Thanks for your comments.

susan54 on October 22, 2011:

Pamela, I love your hubs so much!! I think I'm 65% Right brain and 35% left brain.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 22, 2011:

Jeshrash, I agree and am glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comments.

Jeshrash from USA Washington on October 21, 2011:

In order to become successful in life we need a wide vision of knowledge and I learn something in your hub. Keep up the good work!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2011:

yanastenson, Thank you so much for your comments.

yanastenson from Toronto on October 20, 2011:

I love the way you research your content and makes it very help full. I did 48L 52R on the test.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 05, 2011:

Mona, It's interesting how we are all different. I appreciate your comments.

mona on October 05, 2011:

great job but am 49% left & 51% right brain while i believed against as getting white hair even in left side which i believe its because my left side brain works harder ... thanks again and please notify me more in this case.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 21, 2011:

asktheexpert. I am not familiar with these tests and doubt their accuracy. You could search the internet for these tests. I think noting the characteristics for the left and right brain and comparing them to yourself is helpful. Thanks for your comment.

asktheexperts from St George on September 21, 2011:

I had heard that there was a test as simple as folding your arms or interlocking your fingers and seeing which on was on top. That could show which side of your brain was dominant. Do you know about those tests? Are they accurate? And how do I go about finding them?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 13, 2011:

Somtui, I think all numbers are probably good. We are all different, which makes the human race interesting. Thanks for your comment.

Somtui on September 12, 2011:

I did 50 51 on the left vs right brain test is that a good thing?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 11, 2011:

Science Jon, I suppose it would be common that twins would be the same. I think many of us are not all one way as to the left or right brain. I appreciate you comments.

Science Jon on August 10, 2011:

I am definitely right brained, though I have a few cross-overs. For instance, I tend to be more intuitive over repetitive and conceptual over organized. Not sure what that means, but my twin is the same way. Perhaps there are "hybrids"? That sounds weird!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2011:

KKGals, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2011:

Pamela, fascinating information. I am definitely a right brain kind of person.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 11, 2011:

Bilainr, Thank you so much for your gracious comment.

Bilalnr from Islamabad, Pakistan on March 11, 2011:

Thanks Pamela99 for sharing this hub....

Awesome work!!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 10, 2011:

crystolite, Thank you so much for your comment.

Emma from Houston TX on March 10, 2011:

Informative article,thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 06, 2011:

gajanis, I very much appreciate your comments.

Blissfulwriter, I would like to read the hub. The brain and how it functions is very fascinating. Thanks so much for your comments.

BlissfulWriter on March 06, 2011:

Jill Taylor is a brain scientist who had a stroke that disabled her left brain. She tells her story in her amazing TED conference video that had spread across the internet. Her book is "My Stroke of Insight".

The left-brain is also the seat of the ego. It is interesting to note that when she lost her ego, she found a certain amount of peace and she lost of her sense of time (no more rushing -- time didn't matter to her). The right-brain see the "big picture", while the left-brain is sequential. More about her story in Hub https://hubpages.com/t/bf859

gajanis from Pakistan on March 06, 2011:

Very informative and useful hub......thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2011:

Katie, The sky is the limit! Thanks for the comment.

Katie McMurray from Westerville on February 25, 2011:

Very interesting, I'm both analytical and creative, hummmm right brain vs left brain, I just try to use more of it as the possibilities limitless. Thanks :) Katie

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2010:

Docmo, Thank you so much for your comments and your additional explanations. I absolutely agree with you.

Mohan Kumar from UK on December 07, 2010:

Fantastic article. lClear, succint and explaisn the theories and experiments very well. I am a medical teacher and use a lot of right brain actions in teaching creativity and contingency. Professional education tends to stifle right brain thinking and this needs ot thrive to allow the next Newtons, Einsteins,Curies, Franklins and Edisons to blossom. Voted up & useful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 16, 2010:

Support Med, Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

Support Med. from Michigan on November 16, 2010:

Great article!! So true, we need both sides!! I will refer often to this article. Very educational and interesting. Voted/rated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 24, 2010:

Martie,Thank you for all the additional information. Maybe this test is a bit different than the one you took before. I appreciate your comments.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 23, 2010:

Gosh, I almost missed this one, and it is one of my most favorite interests. I think the brain is the most awesome organ in the body. And imagine, we use only 5-7% of it. Why? I also did the test – for the 3rd time in my life – and was quite surprise. The last time I was 50-50, and now I am 60-40 (left dominant). I wonder how/why this happened? Did you know they regard music tuition as the best developer of both sides simultaneously – in order to become 50-50? Thank you so much for this hub, Pamela. I really appreciate this. Take care.

PS.: There are people – in the right side of their brains nothing is right, and in the left side nothing is left.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 18, 2010:

Thank you for sharing all the information about yourself. I appreciate your comments.

richtwf on October 18, 2010:

You're absolutely right when you say that we live in a mainly left-brain biased world. At school when children in their early life are so creative, they seem to lose their natural creative ability as they progress through their schooling and it's a shame see this happen to many of them. It's great to have facts and knowledge but more importantly is the ability to use the imagination to resolve problems and challenges creatively.

I was more left-brained until my mid 30's but with mind-mapping and now writing poetry I'm now starting to develop more of my right side. It would be nice to be right and left brain balanced and that is goal I'm aiming for!

Thanks for sharing this very useful hub. Cheers!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2010:

Desiree, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I don't think being a lefty makes thought to much different then being right handed. I have 3 boys are 1 is a lefty, 1 right and 1 really ambidextrous. Thanks for your comment.

Desiree Edwin on September 29, 2010:

This is pretty fascinating stuff. The brain mapping is really cool, but I always think of someone's head open and someone poking it, "what does that make you feel?" lol. I think that part grosses me out lol! Being a lefty, you always wonder what those right-handers are thinking and if they are really that different from you lol. Thanks for the page. I learned a lot.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 26, 2010:

Wendy, It is fun to figure out. Thanks for your comment.

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on September 26, 2010:

This was a fun hub. I think I'm a right brain thinker.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 17, 2010:

Leanman, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. The brain is fascinating and I think we still have much to learn. Thanks for your comments.

Tony from At the Gemba on September 16, 2010:

This is one of the most interesting hubs I have read, I have always been fascinated by the workings of the human brain.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 14, 2010:

Ret, I am glad you learned something useful from the hub. I believe many people are close to using both. Thanks for your comments.

twentyfive, I guess we live and learn. Thanks so much for your comment.

twentyfive on September 13, 2010:

Thanks for the very interesting hub. I always thought I was left brain thinker, I was wrong LOL

Ret on September 13, 2010:

Thank you for this informative post. What important is we can use them the good way, whether they are in the art or in science. In me, I think I can use both.

PaperNotes on September 12, 2010:

Thanks for this very informative hub. The brain and how precisely it functions every single day of our lives is very amazing. I hope mine would not get tired quickly.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 12, 2010:

Money Glitch, I find the brain fascinating also. Thanks for your comments.

Money Glitch from Texas on September 12, 2010:

The brain is such a fascinating subject to me. I have a friend that is left handed, however can use his right hand equally for everything except writing. It's really amazing what the brain can do. Thumbs up!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 12, 2010:

Audry, Other than a frontal lobotomy I don't know if you can change much :} But thanks for your comments.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on September 12, 2010:

I wonder if I could swap some of my left functions to my right and vice versa - that might help! Great info seriously, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 11, 2010:

BPOP, I think that is how I turned out too. Thanks for the comment.

Dallas, Very funny. You might be right.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on September 11, 2010:

I read left-handed people are in their "right mind."

breakfastpop on September 11, 2010:

Fascinating subject and very well written hub. I think I'm a bit of both.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 11, 2010:

SpecialK, Its amazing what we can learn from out children. This is an interesting topic and the fact she is studying it right when I wrote this article. Thanks for sharing that information.

Karen Metz from Michigan on September 11, 2010:

This is interesting that you wrote this article at this time. My daughter is studying this for her drawing class and has been sharing the information with me. Yesterday she even did some of the right brain/left brain tests on me. She also said that when you write you use your left side of the brain to spell, etc.. but the right side is the side that does the creating. When you get writers block, it is because the two sides are fighting with each other. Interesting!

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 10, 2010:

I'm hoping to figure out which side of the brain I use, just as soon as it comes back from the repair shop...

LOL

Great post!

webnatin on September 10, 2010:

When I took a test a few years ago. the result was the dot was almost in the middle. I want to try it again where can I do that.

msorensson on September 10, 2010:

I took some tests and the difference was a matter of 5 points in favor of analytical left versus intuitive right, it means an answer to a single question so I must say I am half and half. Great hub. Thanks Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 10, 2010:

Mentalist Acer, I thought is was right brain that was good with music but when I did that test from that link I was 52 to 48, so how do your figure that out? Thanks for your comment.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on September 10, 2010:

I've been told that the right brain is used more as a musician,so as a musician I figure my right brain aquired some acuity...though I think geneticaly my left brain is dominate;)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 10, 2010:

Hello, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 10, 2010:

You really done a great comprehensive job here, Pamela. I enjoyed reading all these information. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 10, 2010:

Cari, That is very interesting about your daughter and maybe that is a good thing. Thanks so much for your comment.

Tom, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on September 10, 2010:

Pamela,

Thank you for the very interesting information in another well researched Hub on brain function.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on September 10, 2010:

Very interesting info. I voted that I am a right brain thinker and I know my husband is a left brain thinker - I think my daughter follows along with my husband. I find this interesting though because my daugther's brain sufferend damage when she was born but it seems she way more comprehends concrete info rather than abstract. So maybe it was more of her right brain that got damamged. But it is amazing to me that kids or anyone with brain damage it seems that they have other skills or abilities to make up for the damaged area. Anyway, great hub!

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