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Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:15 PM

I came across this while looking at some design tips to help me improve my design skills for web development.

According to many theories and debates, the brain is split into two hemispheres.

Many specialists claim that each side of the brain controls a "mode" of thinking. The left side supposedly controls the logic thinking. Being able to analyse, observe and find patterns. The right side supposedly controls creativeness and intuitiveness.

Each side of the brain is also believed to control opposite sides of the body. The left hemisphere controls your right side, while your right hemisphere controls your left side.

It is speculated that you can stimulate each side by using more of that sides function. So if you're right handed (most likely a logic thinker using your left hemisphere) you should switch hands and learn to write and draw left handed. This will supposedly increase your creative thinking. The opposite can be done to stimulate your logic hemisphere if you are naturally left handed.

I'm right handed and I suck with design. I don't really think it matters, but I'm going to do some drawing/writing with my left hand just as a kind of test, to see if my creativeness improves. (over the next few months). I'm not expecting too many results, but you don't know if you don't try right?

What is everyone's take on training your hemispheres? Is anyone left handed and more logical than designing, thus disproving these theories?

Is it a load of BS?

Opinions?

EDIT: forgot to add link :P The site I read . After googling, there are loads of sites also on this subject.

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Re: Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:41 PM

IMO a good way to test that theory would be to test 50 left handed people and 50 right handed people. Ask them about music, arts, solving problems, patterns. If the theory is correct, we should see left handed people being more creative and more into the arts than we do right handed people because their left side of the brain (your artsy side) will be more stimulated much more than their right side.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:14 PM

And if it's true, develop ways of stimulating the side of the brain that they don't use as much? Something more than using your opposite hand/foot..

It could be a factor in deciding what we enjoy and why we enjoy it. One of the many websites I read said listening to certain music temporarily stimulated certain areas of the brain, like Beethoven stimulated the left side.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:22 PM

I am a logical thinker and ambidextrous (write with my left hand, shoot a basketball with my left, throw a ball right, bat right, punch right). I believe in different ways of thinking between logical and creative but left controlling right and right controlling right, am I not an example of this not being true?

A great example is my girl friend she cannot understand math to save her life, yet she excels with arts and is currently going to school for Interior Design while I am going for Computer Science.

Another question though is where does spelling fall? I am a terrible speller are other "logical" thinkers good at spelling or bad?
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:28 PM

Not too sure about spelling.. Logical I suppose?

What hand does your girlfriend use? Left?
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Re: Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:25 PM

View PostSlice, on 20 July 2011 - 07:28 PM, said:

Not too sure about spelling.. Logical I suppose?

What hand does your girlfriend use? Left?


Right.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:43 PM

Ambidextrous. Well aren't I a case to be made...
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 10:13 PM

I can't write for shit with either hand, but I can perform both logical and creative tasks. Am I a God? We know not enough about the brain to confirm or deny these theories.
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Re: Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:59 PM

View Postfart, on 21 July 2011 - 12:13 AM, said:

...Am I a God? We know not enough about the brain...


I have a suspicion Yoda may be more correct.
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Re: Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 04:38 AM

I think it may be worth mentioning that the entire rear portion of the cerebral cortex is dedicated to both processing sensory information and modelling the world we are in for us so that, for example, we have an idea of which way is up and which is down, where things in our environment are in relation to us (this is astonishingly good, close your eyes as you're reading this and recall all the things you have just seen in your peripheral vision on your desk, and their positions), and many many other various details.

given that the biggest portion of this is pure visual information, I've had great success with doing some moderately complicated mathematics in my head (mostly just things like long multiplication and long division, both involving decimals and fractions) by first visualizing a 'place' where each number can be, something like a sheet of graph paper with one number per square, and then simply visualizing the problem as if I were doing it on paper. This moves the bulk of the work from the inefficient part of my brain (the pre-frontal cortex) to the most efficient and highly-developed part of my brain (the rear cortex), and it's probably worth mentioning that this has happend incidentally in at least one case I'm aware of- an english chap who's name I can't recall but who was a true savant and for a BBC (?) program managed to learn, to an astounding degree of fluency, the Icelandic language in only a week, and who could at a whim recite the value of pi to 20,000 decimal places because, as he described it, numbers to him were shapes, landscapes, and sensory information, and so to describe the value, even of any non-terminating decimal, all he had to do was walk along the mental landscape and speak aloud the number associated with the sensory information recorded there.
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Re: Brain Hemispheres. Change the way you think?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:46 PM

View PostChoscura, on 21 July 2011 - 04:38 AM, said:

...I'm aware of- an english chap who's name I can't recall but who was a true savant and for a BBC (?) program managed to learn, to an astounding degree of fluency, the Icelandic language in only a week, and who could at a whim recite the value of pi to 20,000 decimal places because, as he described it, numbers to him were shapes, landscapes, and sensory information, and so to describe the value, even of any non-terminating decimal, all he had to do was walk along the mental landscape and speak aloud the number associated with the sensory information recorded there.


I struggle remembering the first 3 digits.

Interesting story and theory though, I know that I cannot draw or write to save my life, however when I do write (by hand) I write pretty fast.
No idea if this is true or not, but I've heard that messy hand writting occurs when your hand can't keep up with your brain. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. As to the logical side, I once wrote a prgram with 15 Nested 'If' statements and multiple loops. Now that was interesting!
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