Megan Harvard

Psychology 1010
Chapter 2 Related Activity - Option 8

Which side are you on? In August 2013, the Huffington Post published an article in
regards to left or right brain dominance. It quoted “Maybe you're "right-brained": creative,
artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're
more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to
detail, and more logically minded.” When taking a quiz myself, I learned that I have left brain
dominance. According to researchers at University of Utah, “people don't use the right sides of
their brains any more than the left sides of their brains, or vice versa.” Study researcher Jeff
Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. stated “It's absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the
other side of the brain. Language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right. But
people don’t tend to have a stronger left- or right-sided brain network. It seems to be
determined more connection by connection,"
According to my quiz, out of 19 questions, I responded to 11 questions as a left brain
dominant, but I responded to 8 questions as a right brain dominant. Having a higher left brain
dominance; it concludes that I am a linear, sequential, symbolic, logical, verbal, and reality-
based processor. This means I process information from part to whole in a straight forward
logical progression, and in order from first to last. I also process symbols, and pictures, and I like
to use letters, words and mathematical symbols. I also process information piece by piece using
logic to solve a problem. I tend to process thoughts and ideas with words and based on reality, I
like to focus on rules and regulations. Based on how I process information, it would make sense
for me to go into a career that is very analytical based, detail oriented, routine, quantitative,
and mathematical based. Currently, I am working towards my Associate of Science degree in
Architecture Design. After taking this quiz, it makes complete sense why I would be interested
in Architecture. It involves numbers, logic, math, reality based research, and is very systematic.
In the Huffington post article, researcher Jared Nielsen, a graduate student in
neuroscience at the university, quotes “Everyone should understand the personality types
associated with the terminology 'left-brained' and 'right-brained' and how they relate to him or
her personally; however, we just don't see patterns where the whole left-brain network is more
connected or the whole right-brain network is more connected in some people”. From what I
gather from research and taking this brain quiz, is that everyone uses both sides of their brains,
although 1 side can be more dominant than the other. According to my quiz, left brain traits
may apply to me, but not all of them may apply to other left brain dominant people. Everyone
is different. I conclude and agree with Jared Nielson, everyone should understand the
personality types associated with left brained or right brained, and apply it to their own
lifestyles and career choices.
I chose to do this option, right or left brained, because I have always been intrigued to
learn more about myself and how my own brain works. I swear I process information
completely different than the people around me. In the past I have even had a science teacher
tell me he has never seen student process information the way I do. In doing observations or
explaining how I concluded certain information, it was always different than everyone in the
class, but always the correct answer. Even in my personal and professional relationships, I
process information completely different. It is very interesting to me. After reading my results
from this quiz, I completely agree with its conclusions.