Right or Left?

Although we have a natural tendency towards one way of thinking, the two sides of our brain work together.

  • The RIGHT brain focuses on the visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way. First, the whole picture is observed, followed by the details.
  • The LEFT brain focuses on the verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way. First, it looks at the pieces; then puts them together to get the whole.


Have a look at the spinning lady. Is she turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?


  • If you see her spinning cloclwise, you probably use more of the right side of your brain
  • If you see her spinning anti-clockwise, you’re using the logical left side of the brain

Try making her change direction

The possible consequences for the way you learn can be seen in the inventory below

Right Brain

Left Brain

Visual: focuses on images & patterns Verbal: focuses on words, symbols & numbers
Intuitive: led by feelings Analytical: led by logic
Processes ideas simultaneously Processes ideas sequentially
Uses images to remember things Uses words to remember things
Weaker organisation skills Highly organised
Associates ideas freely Likes planning & making lists
Little sense of time Good at keeping track of time
Possible problems with spelling and locating appropriate words Spelling & maths formulae easily memorised
Enjoys touching/feeling objects Enjoys observing
Unlikely to read instructions Always reads instructions
Listens to HOW something is said Listens to WHAT is being said
Makes lateral connections from information Makes logical deductions from information




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