In today’s society, it is all too typical to hear someone claim that they are left-brained or right-brained to the point of exclusivity. Persons who say they are excellent at reading but poor in math or vice-versa often fail to understand that either half of the brain does not go unused in the span of a day simply because of a preconceived notion of the strength of either side.

A Day In The Life Of Brain

From the moment you wake up, you start using both sides of the brain in tandem. You use the left to speak, the right to recognize images and faces, the left to use logic, the right to listen to music. And a recent study suggests whole brain decision making leads to more effective outcomes. Both sides of the brain, rather than one or the other, will determine personality traits, while the center of the brain (often forgotten in the discussion) realizes when you have made errors and how to correct them.

Famous Dual-Brainers

-Apple CEO Steve Jobs: imaginative and visionary
-Yahoo! founder Marissa Mayer: connects ideas in systematic fashion
-Physicist Albert Einstein: imagines and communicates complex concepts
-Samsung head of design Dong-Hoon Chang: innovative as well as forward-thinking

Brains As Instructors

Whenever it is necessary to communicate a concept, right-brain methods use demonstrations, visual imagery, and open-ended questions for contemplation. By comparison, left-brain methods involve speaking and writing, as well as using multiple-choice tests to challenge the decision-making process.

To learn more about the STEM vs STEAM infographic, created by the University of Florida, take a look below.


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