The Left Brain vs. the Right Brain: How it impacts learning.
The Left Brain vs. the Right Brain: How it impacts learning
The human brain is a very complex system that is divided into two sides, the left side and the right side, also known as the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. Each side has different functions which have an impact on learning. “The hemispheres can be divided into lobes, corresponding roughly with deep fissures: temporal (side), occipital (back), parietal (top), and frontal.” (Stevenson, J. 1996). The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Each side impacts learning, depending on whether a person is left side dominant, right side dominant or right/left brain neutral.
The left brain is known as the logical part of the brain, giving a person the ability to understand speech and reading. The left side of the brain also allows a person to process what is heard or said and comprehend that text or speech, which is the organized thought process. “It’s the side that works best with multiple choice questions, prefers authority structuring, controls feelings, is future oriented and time conscious, sees distinct right or wrong according to the prevailing cultural/beliefs system and discerns sharp perceptual and conceptual boundaries. This makes the left brain more involved in seeing differences when dealing with others who are felt to be of lower caste or intelligence.” (Miller, L. R. 2007). Characteristics that show a person is left side dominant are; a person likes structure, controls feelings, and prefers talking and writing.
The right brain is the creative side of the brain. A person who is right side dominate does not learn from organized information, rather they learn from images and prefer “hands-on” training or learning. Some of the characteristics that...