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Debunking the left-brain/ right-brain myth

Brain There Is No Left-Brain/Right-Brain Divide (Time):

  • Sci­en­tists have long known that the pop­u­lar left-brain/right-brain story doesn’t hold water. Here’s why. First, the sweep­ing char­ac­ter­i­za­tions of what the two halves of the brain miss the mark: one is not log­i­cal and the other intu­itive, one ana­lyt­i­cal and the other cre­ative. The left and right halves of the brain do func­tion in some dif­fer­ent ways, but these dif­fer­ences are more sub­tle than is pop­u­larly believed (for exam­ple, the left side processes small details of things you see, the right processes the over­all shape). Sec­ond, the halves of the brain don’t work in iso­la­tion; rather, they always work together as a sys­tem. Your head is not an arena for some never-ending com­pe­ti­tion, the brain’s “strong” side tus­sling with its “weak.” Finally, peo­ple don’t pref­er­en­tially use one side or the other.”

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