Right brain training
This post is a review on Right brain training, and also a list of resources that one can research on regarding to the popular method of Right brain training.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting your body in shape often tops the list. But what about your brain?
If your left or right brain is feeling a little flabby, there’s a wide range of books, teaching programs, and even a Nintendo DS game, purporting to train your left and/or right brain. Indeed, if you Google “right brain training”, you’ll score 53,900,000 hits.
These products are based on the belief that the left and right hemispheres are polar opposites. The left brain is often characterised as your intelligent side: rational, logical and analytic. In contrast the right brain is stereotyped as the “touchy-feely” hemisphere, viewed as artistic, creative, and emotive.
Such left and right brain stereotypes have led theorists to suggest that people can be classified according to their “hemisphericity”. If you’re a logical, rational scientist, for instance, you’re left-brained. But creative types, from artists to writers, are right-brained.
Based on my teaching experience, I do find that left-handers (right-brained) students tend to be very creative and usually excel at arts and humanities. However, their math skills can be good too, especially with practice. This shows that the human brain is like a muscle, it gets better with practice and use.
Did you know our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is left-handed too? Barack Obama is also left-handed. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is very good at math, so this should dispel any myths that left-handed students are not good at math.
Left Brain vs Right Brain
Understanding the Myth of Left Brain and Right Brain Dominance
The Right Brain
According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:
- Recognizing faces
- Expressing emotions
- Reading emotions
The Left Brain
The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. The left-brain is often described as being better at:
- Critical thinking
Also, check out the above Youtube video to check if you are a right-brained or left-brained person!
The Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.
Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
“big picture” oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
Right Brain Training Test
Take the test to see if you are right-brained or left-brained!
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Right Brain Training Video
Watch this free brain training video and follow the instructions to increase your brain power. This is an online “game” that really works to improve brain function. You can actually feel it work!
Brain Training can increase your brain power just like weight training can increase your strength. Use this exercise to work out your brain. Bookmark this video and come back and practice with variations on the basics as discussed in the video.
Right Brain Training Books
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition