Left-Side And Right-Side Thinkers: Which One Are You
By Antonietta Marinelli | June 11, 2021
The brain is an incredibly powerful and intricate organ. It manages how we think, feel, work, study and allows us to do everything that we do. In constantly adapting to change as we experience different external surroundings; our brain is forever learning. From the surface, the two sides of our brains look very much the same, however there is a huge difference in how information is processed
Have you heard of the term left-side vs right-side thinkers? According to the theory which first came to light in the 1960’s by psych biologist and Nobel Prize winner, Roger W. Sperry (Weatherspoon, 2019) surrounding 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 (Whitehouse & Bishop, 2009).
People who describe themselves as left-brain thinkers are told they hold strength in mathematics and logic skills and are more often analytical and objective (Cherry, 2020), whereas those who are right-brain thinkers are more of a creative individual who hold more an intuitive and subjective approach to things.
Psychology notes that this theory is based on the lateralization of brain function. The brain contains two hemispheres which perform separate roles and communicate with one another via the corpus callosum (Cherry, 2020). The two hemispheres are tied together by bundles of nerve fibers, creating an information highway. Although the two sides function differently, they work together and complement each other meaning you do not use only one side of your brain at a time (Weatherspoon, 2019). Digging a little deeper, lets have look at the types of functions each hemisphere is responsible for.
According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:
- Expression of emotion
- Reading emotion
- Appreciating visuals and colors
- Using imagination
The left-side of the brain is adept at tasks that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. The left-brain is better at:
- Logic and critical thinking
So, which one are you? Take the quiz here: https://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3178
● Cherry, K. 2020. Left Brain vs. Right Brain Dominance. Verywell Mind. [Accessed 10 June 2021] https://www.verywellmind.com/left-brain-vs-right-brain-2795005#citation-2
● Weatherspoon, D. 2019. Left Brain vs. Right Brain: What Does This Mean For Me? Healthline. [Accessed on 11 June 2021] https://www.healthline.com/health/left-brain-vs-right-brain
● Whitehouse AJ, Bishop DV. Hemispheric division of function is the result of independent probabilistic biases. Neuropsychologia. 2009;47(8-9):1938-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.03.005 [Accessed 11 June 2021]