Right Brain Enlightenment

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Which side of your brain dominates: right or left?

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Depending on which brain-side is dominant you see the dancer turn… (more below)

 

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

Now all of that is theory, of course, well founded but nevertheless – so don’t worry.

Anyway, if you see the dancer turn clockwise you are right side dominated, and the other way around.

With some training you can see both directions – they say (I haven’t managed to see her turn anti-clockwise…)