Right Brain Development

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Right Brain Development


Generally, human brain is composed of two halves that are commonly known as the left and right brain. They are more correctly termed as “hemispheres”. The right and left sides of brain control the body’s opposite sides; thus, the left brain controls the right side of the body and processes what human’s right eye sees, while the right brain controls the left side of the body and processes what the human’s left eye sees (Parsons and Freed, 2012). A research conducted by Roger Sperry, an American psychologist, in the late 1960s is what explained the concept of left brain and right brain. This research discovered that the two brain sides have different thinking ways (Bloom, 2007).

The right brain is largely visual and processes information in a simultaneous and intuitive manner, by first looking at the entire picture then at the specific details. On the other hand, the left brain is largely verbal and processes information in a more sequential and analytical way by first looking at pieces then assembling them together to obtain the bigger picture (Pink, 2005). Anatomically, the shapes of the human brain are the same but their differences lie in their functions. Mainly, the left brain is considered as the digital brain because it controls logical thinking, calculation, writing and reading. The right brain on its part is considered as analog brain as it controls artistic senses, creativity, and three-dimensional sense (Edwards & Edwards, 2012).

Despite their differences, they both work together to allow for proper functioning of humans. Numerous studies have shown that none of the brain hemisphere is superior or better than the other, just the same way being right-handed is not being better than being left-handed. The most important thing is to understand what a person’s natural preference is and pay attention to the less dominant side in order to improve on it (Siegel, 2012). By understanding the natural preference, children are able to realize their full potential through activation of both sides of the brain. However, considering that classroom and school programs use most often the left brain strategies, it seems that the right brain students are disadvantaged. Therefore, there is need to focus on the right brain development. The education system and the society as a whole seem to focus less on developing the right brain (Parsons and Freed, 2012). This paper will discuss why human beings should develop the right brain and how they can go about achieving this goal.Right Brain Development

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