Your brain has two sides. And each has a distinctly different way of
looking at the world.
coming to light that we have become a left-brain culture.
Your brain’s right and left side have distinctly different ways of
looking at the world. Your two hemispheres are as different from each other as,
verbal. It’s interested in the bottom line, in being efficent. The right brain
It is concerned more with the visual and emotional side of life.
left brain. In fact, many of us think we are our left brains. All of that non-
stop verbalization that goes on in our heads is the dominant left brain talking
three Rs (decidedly left-brain territory) – effectively represses the intuitive
office with the right brain activity of daydreaming.
As you read, your left-side is sensibly making connections and analysing
the meaning of the words, the syntax and other complex relation-ships while
putting it into a “language” you can understand. Meanwhile, the right side is
providing emotional and even humerous cues, decoding visual information and
maintaining an integrated story structure.
While all of this is going on, the two sides are constantly
communicating with each other across a connecting fibre tract called the corpus
callosum. There is a certain amount of overlap but essentially the two
would be somewhat lacking and overspecialized, but when functioning together
bring different strengths and areas of expertise to make an integrated whole.
“The primitive cave person probably lived solely in the right brain,”
became more left-brain oriented until it became dominant.” To prove this, Bay
are your boss will say, “Fine, get me the logic to back it up.”
both sides bring their various skills to the table: the left brain analysing
issues, problems and barriers; the right brain generating fresh approaches; and
the left brain translating the into plans of action.
brain operates so fast it can see what’s coming,” says Dr. Howard Eisenberg, a
medical doctor with a degree in psychology who has studied hemispheric
relationships. “The left brain is too slow, but the right can see around
Dr. Eisenberg thinks that the preoccupation with the plodding left brain
a certain extent by feel.”
games, for example, automatically flips you over to the right brain Bay says.
modern high-tech versions such as biofeedback.
An increasing number of medical professionals beieve that being in touch
with our brain, especially the right half, can help control medical problems.
says, “that by teaching someone to raise to raise their temperature – by imaging
they are sunbathing or in a warm bath – they can control their circulatory
system and terefore the migrane.”
Knowledge of our two-sided brain began in the mid-1800’s when French
Doctors speculated over what this meant. Was the brain schizophrenically
divided and non-communicative?
patients who had their corpus callosum severed to try and control epileptic
seizures could no longer communicate between their hemispheres. The struggle
can be seen quite clearly in the postoperative period whe the patient is asked
to do a simple block design. This is a visual, spacial task that the left-hand
(controlled by the right brain in most of us) can do very well but the right
hand (controlled by the language-oriented left brain) does poorly. The right
hand may even intervene to mix up the design.
Some people with epilepsy can control their seizures by concentrating
activity on the hemisphere that is not affected. In the case of left lobe
epilepsy, this can be done by engaging in a right-brain activity such as drawing.
One intriguing question is why we have two hemispheres at all? “In
biology you always have the same thing on one side as the other – ears, lungs,
Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont. “But with the brain there is more
of it in the other.”
Our knowledge of the brain is general is only beginning. We know even
less about how the hemispheres operate, Getting in touch with how the two sides