Ever wonder why people’s talents are so one sided? For example, I’m majoring in two English-based majors, but for some people, books and papers are absolutely horrifying. Why is that?
Scientists now know that the brain has two separate sides, or hemispheres. Each side has its specialties. The right side is better with spatial abilities, facial recognition, visual imagery, and music- the artsier side. The left side is more likely to be better at language, calculations, and math- the more logical side. In most people, the hemispheres work together and are connected. However, the different sides cause different learning styles due to which is more dominant. Scientists also say which side becomes dominant in the brain is somewhat of a choice. When the going gets tough in school, we always prefer a certain way to learn. For example, “right-brained” people probably learn better when they can see what they are learning using visual aids, diagrams, pictures, or graphs. A “left-brained” person would probably learn better when they are told the information or when they read the information.
These hemispheres don’t just influence your talents and learning preferences. They can also affect actions such as sitting up straight or lying down when studying. Which do you prefer? Sitting down straight is more correlated with the left side, and lying down is more correlated with the right. Also, the left-sided people are more likely to be able to speak their minds using words, whereas right-sided people have trouble. A classic example is giving directions. A left-brained person will use street names and building numbers; a right-brained person will try to show you the directions by describing the building you pass and what street corner you turn at.
So the next time you’re sitting in Math class saying, “Why don’t I understand this,” blame your left hemisphere for being the weak one.
And in case you’re bored, here’s a quiz to find out which side you are!