What does it mean to be left brain dominant or right brain dominant?

Scientists have explored theories about the two hemispheres of the brain and the ways that they differ in function and control of the body. According to recent research, people who are right brain dominant and those who are left brain dominant process information and respond in different ways. Most theories suggest that right-brain dominant people are guided by the more emotional, intuitive right hemisphere while left-brain people respond in sequential, logical ways, guided by the left hemisphere. To a great degree, your personality is shaped by your brain type. Your dominant brain type has a very significant affect on your study skills, homework habits, and grades. For instance, some students may struggle with specific assignment types or test questions, based on their specific brain types. By understanding your dominant brain type, you may be able to adjust your study methods, and perhaps shape your schedule and coursework, to suit your own personality type. What's Your Brain Game? Do you watch the clock constantly, or does the bell surprise you at the end of class? Have you ever been accused of being too analytical or do people say you're dreamy? These characteristics can me attributed to brain types. Typically, dominant left brain students will be more organized, they'll watch the clock, and they'll analyze information and process it sequentially. They are often cautious, and they follow rules and schedules. Left brain students are strong in math and science, and can answer questions quickly. Left brain students would make great Jeopardy contestants. On the other hand, right-brain students are the dreamers. They can be very intelligent and very deep thinkers²so much so that they can get lost in their own little worlds. They make great students of the social sciences and the arts. They are more spontaneous than the cautious leftbrainers, and they are likely to follow their own gut feelings. Right brainers are very intuitive and have great skill when it comes to seeing through lies or tricks. They would make great Survivor contestants. What about people who are right in the middle? Everyone is different, and everyone has characteristics from both types. Some people are very equal when it comes to characteristics. Those students are middle brain oriented, and they might do well on The Apprentice. Why?

and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way. looking first at the whole picture then the details.Students who are middle brain oriented can have strong qualities from either hemisphere. looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Those students can benefit from logic from the left and intuition from the right. The focus of the left brain is verbal. That sounds like a great recipe for success in business. The right brain of the brain focuses on the visual. . the two sides of our brain work together in our everyday lives. processing information in an analytical and sequential way. doesn't it? While we have a natural tendency towards one way of thinking.

led by feelings ‡ Process ideas simultaneously ‡ 'Mind photos' used to remember things. focusing on details. focusing on images. step by step ‡ Words used to remember things. patterns ‡ Intuitive.Right Brain Inventory ‡ Visual. led by logic ‡ Process ideas sequentially. remember names rather than faces ‡ Make logical deductions from information ‡ Work up to the whole step by step. need to be willing to apply yourself to develop try and take risks to develop your potential your potential . then the details ‡ Organization ends to be lacking ‡ Free association Left Brain Inventory ‡ Verbal. symbols. numbers ‡ Analytical. writing things down or illustrating them helps you remember ‡ Make lateral connections from information ‡ See the whole first. so ‡ Plan ahead often late. information organized ‡ Highly organized ‡ Like making lists and planning ‡ Like to know why you're ‡ Likely to follow rules doing something or why rules without questioning them exist (reasons) ‡ No sense of time ‡ Good at keeping track of time ‡ May have trouble with ‡ Spelling and mathematical spelling and finding words to formula easily memorized express yourself ‡ Enjoy touching and feeling ‡ Enjoy observing actual objects (sensory input) ‡ Trouble prioritizing. impulsive ‡ Unlikely to read instruction ‡ Likely read an instruction manual before trying manual before trying ‡ Listen to how something is ‡ Listen to what is being said being said ‡ Talk with your hands ‡ Rarely use gestures when talking ‡ Likely to think you're ‡ Likely to believe you're not naturally creative. focusing on words. but need to creative.

y You can do well in math class if you apply yourself. but you're really deep in thought People may have told you you're psychic You like to write fiction. You can use colorful language well y . especially when it comes to reading literature and writing essays about books.Do you get bored when teachers lecture too much? Do you feel like you can size up people easily by watching them? If so. You like to explore the effects of things that happened in history. y You do well in English class. you enjoy the social aspects most. You like the essays. You may have a hard time keeping track of your research You might have a hard time making up your mind You are good with people You don't fall for practical jokes as easily as some You seem dreamy. but you get bored doing long problems. You also do well in creative writing assignments. too. or play music You might be athletic You like mystery stories You take time to ponder and you think there are two sides to every story You may lose track of time You are spontaneous You¶re fun and witty You may find it hard to follow verbal directions You are unpredictable You get lost You are emotional You don't like reading directions You may listen to music while studying You read lying down You may be interested in ³the unexplained´ You are philosophical Your Classes In history class. Characteristics of Right-Brain Students y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y You take notes but lose them. draw. y Science? Boring. you may be right-brain dominant. Advice for Right Brain Students y Choose to do personal essays y Watch your daydreaming²keep it under control y Let your imagination work for you in the arts y Let your intuition work for you in social situations y Let your deep thinking work for you during essay tests²but don¶t ponder too long y Be creative with essays.

so go ahead and volunteer y Join a debate team or academic competition y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y .y y y y y y y y y y y Use images and charts when you study Write down directions Try to be more organized! Don¶t be overly suspicious of others Make outlines to organize your thoughts. Are you very organized? Do you believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything? If so. you may be left-brain dominant. y In English class. y In math class. Characteristics of Left Brain Students You probably work with a To-Do list You like to be the critic in class You're good at math or science You are rational and logical Your research is precise and well-documented You set goals for yourself You can interpret information well Your room is orderly You can answer questions spontaneously You follow directions and you do read directions (unlike some people) You aren't touchy-feely You can listen to a long lecture without losing patience You don¶t let feelings get in your way You like action movies You read sitting up Your words are precise Your Classes y In history class. you enjoy going through a long calculation. you have a good understanding of grammar and sentence structure. you are able to remember dates and processes. choose teachers who use activities You tell stories well. Advice for Left Brain Students y Study in a quiet room y You can do math but get impatient trying to explain it to someone who struggles²so don¶t volunteer to be a tutor unless you know you have the patience y You like to lead in a study group. so write some! Put information into categories for better understanding Avoid getting bogged down by thinking of all possibilities when answering questions Finish things! You have so much talent. Choose fiction in reading assignments Try to avoid teachers who lecture a lot. y You like the order of science. but you don¶t always complete things.

so you should Keep your room organized Don¶t argue with the teacher too much Choose to do analytical essays Work alone when you have a choice. as opposed to open-ended questions You can organize your notes well. You get frustrated with others who ³clown around´ Avoid ³free thinking´ teachers if they confuse you Take more risks.y y y y y y y y y y y Try to excel at the science fair. Don¶t be afraid to be creative . You can be a winner Take advantage of your skills in math and science Choose non-fiction reading You prefer factual questions and assignments.

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