Myth Debunked — You aren’t either a left-brained or right-brained thinker

Contrary to common ideas as expressed in this ...

Contrary to common ideas as expressed in this diagram, brain functions are not confined to certain fixed locations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I told you that everyone is creative and here’s proof.

An article published in the journal Pios One in August 2013, reports the findings of a two-year study conducted by neuroscientist at the University of Utah. The conclusion was that….

 Lateralization of brain connections appears to be a local rather than global property of brain networks, and our data are not consistent with a whole-brain phenotype of greater “left-brained” or greater “right-brained” network strength across individuals.

In other words (for those of us who used to think we were right-brain thinkers) evidence does not exist to support the idea that the participants had a stronger network on the right side or the left side of their brain.

Now, according to the study’s lead author, Jeff Anderson, a professor of neurology at the University of Utah:

 It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain, language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right.

But the right side of the brain is also active in processing aspects of language like intonation and emphasis.

So, you see, people just can’t split the brain in half and then say this side does this and the other side does that. What really happens is that the two sides of the brain communicate with each other.

According to Anderson:

The neuroscience community has never accepted the idea of ‘left-dominant’ or ‘right-dominant’ personality types. Lesion studies don’t support it, and the truth is that it would be highly inefficient for one half of the brain to consistently be more active than the other.

From what I’ve read, it seems to be popular psychology, that took the results of what happened when one part of the brain was injured and this communication couldn’t happen, that kind of started this right-brain vs. left-brain categorization. And even with these findings, the categorizations aren’t likely to go away soon.

Have you seen how many tests there are out there for you to see if you’re a “right=brain” or “left-brain” thinker?

But this doesn’t matter, because you don’t have to let this guide your life. No more excuses about not being creative, because you aren’t a right-brain thinker. Don’t let some previous classification turn into a self-fulling prophecy. Everyone, is creative.

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