CogniFit's Science blog: The Two Sides Of Your Brain

The Two Sides Of Your Brain

Did you know that your brain is divided into two sides that are stimulated by vastly different activities? The two sides of your brain have been researched and the results are what are known as the Left Brain – Right Brain Theory. But, what exactly is this theory? The Left Brain – Right Brain Theory states that you have two sides to your brain, a left and right side.

The two sides are distinctively different because of the activities that stimulate either side. Activities that largely stimulate the left brain will have little effect on the right brain.

Both sides of the brain are necessary, but people tend to have one side dominant. Whichever brain is your dominant brain has a great impact on your life. Left brain dominance is common in people who are logical and objective. Right brain dominance is common in people who are intuitive and subjective.

Left Brain

As stated above, left brain dominated individuals are better at thinking logically and objectively. These people are best when they are thinking through problems using reason. Left brained individuals are best with critical thinking, reasoning, language, and numbers.

The left brain is stimulated by activities such as solving crossword puzzles, language usage, problem solving, brain training, recalling new information, and performance of learned tasks. Left brain dominance is most useful for people looking to go into math and science.

Right Brain

As stated above, right brain dominated individuals are better at expressive and creative tasks. Right brained individuals are best with creativity, intuition, reading and expressing emotions, music, and color.

The right brain is stimulated by activities such as the creative process, holding the attention span and attention exercises, seeing different colors and sizes, and any unfamiliar event, activity, or face. Right brain dominance is most useful for people looking to go into art and literature.

Now that you know what the left and right brain are and what they are best at, why is this information important? First, it is important to note that many people overstate the importance of this theory in neuroscience. That being said, knowing the difference can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

For example, if you are a person who has a difficult time following verbal instructions but has no problem when visually seeing the instructions, you are a left brain individual. Knowing this, you can begin to work to your advantage. Instead of failing to follow instructions, write the instructions down and you will be able to understand them better.

Understanding how the brain operates is useful knowledge that, when put to use in the correct way, can help you become the best at whatever you do. Identify if you are a left or right sided dominate brain and use that knowledge to your advantage.