Are you left brain or right brain dominant?

Left and Right Brain

Understanding Individual Differences

Have you ever wondered how your best friend lives so freely “moment-to-moment” while your mind is imprisoned by thoughts of past events and/or planning of future events (so neatly) written in your (overly structured) daytimer?

Brain Hemispheric Specialization provides insight into why some of us are more present focused and able to “go with the flow” (Right Brain dominant); while others are busy planning their days with the step-by-step precision of a NASA engineer (Left Brain dominant).

Left and Right Brain

Your Brain and Behaviour

Despite being identical in structure, the two halves of the brain specialize in how they process information (e.g., Past vs. Present), and how they function (e.g., Verbal vs. Nonverbal).

Time ProcessingPast vs. Present

  • Left hemisphere – processes information sequentially, one bit at a time
  • Right hemisphere – processes information globally, considering it as a whole

Brain FunctionsLinguistic vs. Spatial

  • Left hemisphere – includes verbal tasks, such as speaking, reading, thinking, and reasoning.
  • Right hemisphere – includes nonverbal areas such as the understanding of spatial relationships, recognition of patterns and drawings, music, and emotional expression.

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Neuroscience in Your Life

  1.  Complete the Left/Right Brain Dominance Test to find out which brain hemisphere currently dominates your life.
    • Personally, I obtained a score of 10 on this test – indicating that I am equally Left and Right Brained.
      • Which didn’t surprise me as I often “lay the table” with outlines, organizers, etc. (Left Brain) and the moment I feel safe, grounded, and prepared, I sit back and watch the ideas fly! (Right Brain)
    • What about you? How did you score on the Left/Right Brain Dominance Test? Was it what you expected? Were the results consistent with how you live your life? Did you learn something new about yourself?

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2. Watch the following 20 minute video to: a) learn firsthand about L-R brain specialization and b) discover how Neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor turned her real-life tragedy into an awe inspiring “Stroke of Insight“.  I am still moved to tears by her story! I hope you are too. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is resilience personified.

The more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemisphere, the more peaceful our planet will be. Jill Bolte Taylor

Psychology Class ↔ Psychology Blog

This post is a summary of this week’s psychology lecture and Chapter 2 of my psychology textbook. If you want to learn more, you can download a free PDF of my neuroscience and behaviour chapter by clicking on this link.

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56 thoughts on “Are you left brain or right brain dominant?

  1. I’m glad you mentioned you have tendency for both Left and Right. Even before I took the test I knew I had some of both – I scored a 9 ( Right – 9 and Left – 11 ). I find that very strange because I also identify as an introvert, which does not match up with spontaneity, risk taking, and some other Right brain traits. I wonder if some of those traits can be learned, or are simply dormant at times. Brain is a cool organ.

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    1. Excellent reflection on the topic. For the most part, brain dominance tends to be slightly more innate than learned – though the L-R skill set certainly can be taught.

      Either way, brain lateralization continues to be a hotly debated topic in the field of neuroscience. Which makes it that much more interesting!

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  2. Wow this was a great post, thank you for sharing! Jill’s talk was really fascinating as well and she commanded the stage so brilliantly! I’m surprised to have gotten 11 on the quiz! Then again I know very little about the brain so didn’t really know what to expect!

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  3. Interesting, thanks for sharing! ❤
    I’m a balanced (right 11 & left 9), something that doesn’t surprise me – even in school, I went for science subjects instead of arts (even majored in IT), but I have creative hobbies like writing stories, drawing, music, etc (friends often asked why I’m doing science subjects). I’m a right-hander but I’ve always done things with both hands (playing piano, video games with controllers, computer, etc) from young, so I guess that helped both my brains to develop together. 😆

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  4. Great subject! I love this. I have read about the brain for years. Back when I was working, professional journalist, I took a similar test and ended up right in the middle which I think works best for journalists. Seems like a very useful tool.

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    1. Your writing is so creative & visual in nature VJ. So no wonder you scored a 14 (right brain). Super fun nonetheless. 😊

      Enjoy your revisit your “Stroke of Insight” on your bookshelf. Just like in the video, Dr. Taylor’s health trauma is an evocative reminder of how adversity is our ultimate pathway to peace & authenticity.

      Something you write about every single day. ✏️💛

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    1. Such powerful words Tom & Audrey. And so true! “We are wonderfully designed. Our potential is incredible.” (Right brain) And unfortunately, it’s our internal chatter & negative self-talk (left brain) that blocks our infinite vision.

      One more reason why self understanding is the foundation of happiness & emotional intelligence (EQ). It reminds us that we’re so much more. And when in doubt… get out of your head (Left brain) and… look up! dance! laugh! (Right brain) 💫

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    1. Thanks for taking the time Miriam. Self understanding is such a powerful tool. Just like you – I have so much left to learn. And the bonus = I get to learn with my nursing students. This week they did the L-R assessment too. Giving them a tool to understand & be more compassionate about themselves & others. Including their own patients. 💉🏥

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  7. Thanks for sharing this! I was very intrigued by this article as I experienced an epiphany of sorts recently. I had downloaded an audiobook to listen to (Hailstorm by Brett Arquette-Excellent!!!) while I worked.Here’s what I discovered: If I was working on numbers, graphs, etc., I had no trouble following the story. If I was trying to read something, an email, or write something. I had to stop the audio. I realized it was trying to utilize the same side of the brain (which obviously doesn’t multi-task that well! LOL!). Thanks for the test. I got a 12 – definitely right-brained. 🙂
    ~M

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