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
|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|