Right Brain or Left Brain?

Brain and Memory Foundation

Are there two ‘sides’ to my brain? 

You’ve probably heard that people are supposed to be one or the other.


Start the video and try this exercise:

There is some evidence that each of the two hemispheres of the brain is activated for different kinds of tasks. (And, of course, they aren’t different colours!)

Right brain for your creative side.

Left brain for reasoning and logic.

But the truth is, of  course, that EVERY memory task works better if both ‘sides’ of the brain are used.


How do I know if both ‘sides’ are working?

You’ll  have a balanced approach to problem-solving and memory, using both logic and creativity.

It takes practice!

In the video exercise, your left brain is reading the words while your right brain struggles for the colour, by overriding the word.

Both ‘sides’ of your brain are working hard in this Stroop exercise.

More practice:

In your daily exercise routine, include some exercises that cause a cross-over effect e.g. right hand touching left knee (and left hand touching right knee) in a marching action.

Or, when trying to focus, massage your right ear lobe with your left hand and vice versa.

Let us know when you try the Left Brain Right Brain exercise. How did it work for you? And how long did it take to master? Leave a comment for us!

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