lateralization of brain function

The right- and left-hemispheres of our brains process information differently, and tend to be responsible for different functions. Generally, the right-brain can be thought of as visual, processing information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The left-brain, on the other hand, can be thought of as verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, starting wtih the parts & then putting them together to get the whole.

Left-brain Right-brain
  • logical
  • creative
  • sequential
  • intuitive
  • rational
  • emotional
  • analytical
  • synthesizing
  • sees “parts”
  • sees “the whole”
  • objective
  • subjective
While both hemispheres do work together (and in some cases such as brain injury, etc., one side can take over functions for each other), it is generally understood that in most people the two hemispheres divide their work according to the above table.« Back to Glossary Index

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