Your Thinking (Cognitive) Preference

An Inventory

Your Thinking Preference

An Inventory

Right Brain – Left Brain Inventory
Complete the inventory below. For each item, circle the choice that most closely describes your attitudes, behaviours or preferences.


When you walk into a theatre, classroom, or auditorium, if there are no other influential factors, which side do you prefer to sit on? a. b. Right Left


If told you must adopt one of the following two professions, which would you choose? a. b. Mathematician Dancer


Do you often have hunches? a. b. Yes No


When you have hunches, do you follow them? a. Yes b. No

Reprinted with permission from Dr. Adele Ducharme, Department of Middle Grades Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. 31698.


Your Thinking Preference

An Inventory


Do you have a place for everything and everything in its place? a. b. c. Yes No Sometimes


In learning a dance step, which is easier for you? a. b. c. To learn by imitating other people and getting the feel of the music To learn the sequence of movements and talk your way through the steps To do both of the above


Do you like to move your furniture several times a year, or do you prefer to keep the same arrangement? a. Keep b. Move


Can you tell approximately how much time has passed without a watch? a. Yes b. No c. Sometimes


Is it easier for you understand algebra or geometry? a. b. algebra geometry


Is it easier for you to remember people’s names or their faces? a. b. c. Names Faces Both


Your Thinking Preference

An Inventory


When given the topic, “school”, would you prefer to express your feelings through drawing or writing? a. b. Drawing Writing


When someone is talking to you, do you respond to the words’ meanings, or do you respond to the person’s pitch and tone? a. b. Words’ meanings (what is said) Word pitch (how it is said)


How much do you use your hands when you speak? a. Few gestures b. Many gestures


When reading or studying, do you prefer to listen to music or to have quiet? a. b. Quiet Music


Is it easier for you to read the main ideas or to read for specific details? a. b. Main ideas Details


Do you do your best thinking lying down or sitting erect? a. b. Sitting erect Lying down


Do you feel more comfortable saying or doing spontaneous things or saying or doing well-reasoned things? a. b. Spontaneous things Well-reasoned things


Your Thinking Preference An Inventory 18. Which of the following is true of you? a. b. 19. In math, I can explain how I got the answer. In math, I can get the answer, but I cannot explain how.

The same information on Mapping is presented below in two different formats. Which format do you prefer? a. b. a.
What is a map? - Graphic outline - Uses key words - All language arts - Especially writing - Integrates both hemispheres How to make a map - select topic - brainstorm - categorize - autobiography - group work Uses of maps - writing - organizing - reading - speaking, listening - note taking Advantages - learned easily - complete structure - non-linear - shows inter-relationships - idiosyncratic

List format Graphic format



Your Thinking Preference

An Inventory


In note taking, do you ever print? a. Frequently b. Never c. Sometimes


Sit in a relaxed position and clasp your hands comfortably in your lap. Which thumb is on top? a. b. c. Left Right Parallel


When it comes to bending the rules, how do you usually feel? a. Rules are meant to be broken b. Rules are meant to be followed c. Progress comes through challenging rules when necessary


What does your work area look like? a. b.


Your Thinking Preference

Inventory Results

WHAT DO YOUR ANSWERS MEAN? Now that you have completed the questionnaire, shade in your answers on the brain diagram below. Shade in the sections of the brain that correspond to your answers. If your response is c, shade responses on both sides of the brain (e.g., if your answer for item 5 is c, shade in both 5a and 5b). Feel free to use colored pencils if you would like to, and if you have some.

You should have a minimum of 23 answers. If you have any c answers you will have more than 23 answers, but not more than 30. Left-brain total: _______________ Right-brain total: _______________ Total number of answers: _______________ (this should be between 23 and 30) According to this questionnaire, are you left- or right-brain oriented? _____________

Transfer your right brain – left brain preference into your Learning Preference Summary at the end of this module.

Your Thinking Preference

Inventory Results

Are you clearly inclined to the left or right? ______________ Or, are you balanced? _______________ Now you know your left brain – right brain preference. How does it affect your learning and study habits? How can you best work your preferences into an optimal learning environment? It is important that you use your preference. Are you right handed? Have you ever tried to write with your left hand? How does it feel? Unnatural? Awkward? Frustrating? Trying to work against your brain’s orientations can have the same bad results. Below is a description of how left and right brained people tend to work: LEFT-BRAIN WORK HABITS Neat, organized desk Daily work schedules Work on one job at a time Work independently Work steadily Work to a plan RIGHT-BRAIN WORK HABITS Cluttered desk Flexible hours Jump form project to project Work with others Work in bursts of energy Procrastinate

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