Although they work together, 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. Words often associated with right-brain functions include:

  • intuition
  • creativity
  • patterns
  • visual/spacial awareness
  • symbolism
  • metaphor
  • a-logical decisions
  • emotion
  • big picture
  • perception
By employing abstract images, presented too quickly to allow for reasoned, logical analysis, the PD taps into the right-brain processes more directly than is usually possible. We call the PD results R-Mode data or information as opposed to L-Mode data (obtained through left-brain processes). See also lateralization of brain function.« Back to Glossary Index