Left Brain vs. the Right Brain and it’s Effects on Learning
The left side of the brain and the right side of the brain are said to have specific functions relative for each side (Melina, 2011). The left side of the brain is said to be responsible for interpreting language, sound, and speech (Melina, 2011). According to Cherry (2014), the right side of the brain is said to control face recognition, creativity, and emotions conveyed when reading among others. Each student processes and absorbs information in a different way (Green, 1990). The noted functions are directly related to an individuals study methods.
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The right side of the brain is your intuitive, emotional lateral, which guides the decisions you make throughout the day (Connell, 2002). This side of the brain processes your intuition, natural feelings, and among non-strategically functions of thinking. Right-brained thinkers tend to be creative and visual thinkers in the classroom. According to Al Ghraibeh (2012), the images that are visualized in the brain are considered useful aids for thinking; the visual imagination is considered a main source for thinking. The visual way of learning can benefit a student by “thinking outside of the box”. Right-brain students enjoy the company of others and working in groups (Connell, 2002). The weakness of right-brain dominant learners is the lack of interest in listening to the lectures. Being dependent on other individuals in a group is an advantage and disadvantage. The right brain is characterized as entrepreneurial behavior-described by Slater and Narver16 as high tolerance of risk and reactiveness (Sandler & Badger, 1998).
The approach of a right-brained teacher is similar to their learning approach. Teachers with right-brain strengths generally prefer to use hands-on activities over a lecture format (Connell, 2002). This teaching method is more proactive to the creative and visual learning style than their left-brain peers. Evidently this approach will benefit more to a right-brain learner.
This classroom would be consider unorganized compared to a left-brained teacher’s (Connell, 2002).
By combining the functions of a left and right side of the brain, this will make up the meaning of a whole brain thinker. A whole brain thinker can balance the descriptions of a left and right brain thinker. We have the ability to think in a whole brain way, even though we have a tendency to default to our preferences (Herrmann-Nehdi, 2010). Whole brain thinking can benefit a student more than when an individual learn in a method by default. Everyone is capable of learning in this method and no one is limited to one way of learning,...