Explore Your Brain : Right Brain vs. Left brain thinking

 ” The test of first rate of intelligence is the ability to hold to opposite idea in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to fuction” – F.Scott Fitzgarald

Research on the brains has demonstrated that two different sides of the brain (“hemisphere”) are responsible for different mode of thinking. Both of these mode of thinking are required for uncovering the effective solution of the problem.

While most individual have a preference for one style and another, the real key is build the capacity for whole brain thinking in the organisation, where people are comfortable in one style or another, depending on the need of the situation. Building this capability is a key part of the innovative organisation.  

Complex  Questions: what is mind? Brain? Thinking?

From Wikipedia  : Mind refers to the collective aspects of intellect and consciousness which are manifest in some combination of thought, perception, emotion, will and imagination. 

The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. It controls the central nervous system (CNS), by way of the cranial nerves and spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and regulates virtually all human activity.Involuntary, or “lower,” actions, such as heart rate, respiration, and digestion, are unconsciously governed by the brain,specifically through the autonomic nervous system. Complex, or “higher,” mental activity, such as thought, reason, and abstraction, is consciously controlled.

The human brain is vast and complex. It contains some one hundred billion neurons, which are capable of electrical and chemical communication with tens of thousands of other nerve cells. Nerve cells in turn rely on some quadrillion synaptic connections for their communications. 

Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. Words referring to similar concepts and processes include cognition, sentience, consciousness, idea, and imagination. Thinking involves the deeply cereberal manipulation of information, as when we form concepts, engage in problem solving, reason and make decisions. Thinking is a higher cognitive function and the analysis of thinking processes is part of cognitive psychology.

The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

Left Brain Thinking   Right Brain Thinking
Looks at parts
Looks at wholes


Photo Source: http://www.extensor.co.uk/articles/leadership_brain/leadership_brain.html

from above table & picture , we can check & analysis about our thinking pattern. Where need more focus according to environment, conditions & requirement? 

Kindly read Left Vs. Right: Which Side Are You On? At brain.web-us.com which describe following processing of Brain.

  • Linear Vs. Holistic Processing
  • Logical Vs. Intuitive
  • Sequential Vs. Random Processing
  • Verbal Vs. Nonverbal Processing
  • Symbolic Vs. Concrete Processing
  • Reality-Based Vs. Fantasy-Oriented Processing

Definately , Sometime we need left brain thinking & some time right brain thinking and some times both thinking simultaneously for solution of complex problems. 


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9 Responses to “Explore Your Brain : Right Brain vs. Left brain thinking”

  1. Al Gates Says:

    I don’t think of the brain as having two separate functions as outlined by you or the research….To me, it tends to restrict my thinking, problem solving, decision-making, creativity,etc…
    I see the brain as one…..holistic. Yes, there are two side. And I think we simultaneously use right and left brain thinking for solution of all problems. There is a connection.
    I also know that we are still a long way off from knowing all about our brain. Research is progressing but there is so much we don’t know.
    We might even have a middle brain.
    Also labeling individuals as being left or right brain thinking, to me, is restrictive and , in some ways, could create barriers between people.



  2. Sampath Bhaskkharan Says:

    I liked the mail and the presentation. It seems to be good. I would like to explore my ideas also if u could send me such mails as well how to explore the success it will be of great help to me.

    expecint ur positive reply.


  3. Sadiq Says:

    lovely topic. human brain is the single most amazing thing in the whole universe. this 1.2 kg thing alone speaks for the beautiful complexity of design and quite a signature of our Brilliant Creator.

  4. Williams1 Says:

    What if a person has similarities in both left and righ brain thinkers

  5. Viraj Kalra Says:

    anybody who is not even open to the idea of the brain having two hemsphieres with different personalities has to be a left-brainer..! no offense ment, infact thanx for comments of that nature, it just serves as an exercise as to what left-brain people are like… any way I think in order to explore the true capacities of the mind we need to unlock the right brain as much as we can… i would really like to know if there are some / any exercises to first prove the nature of right-brain thinking and second how to improve it… please do let me know if possible… viraj.kalra@gmail.com

    • Ben Says:

      the left brain is just as important as the right there, buddy. we wouldn’t be able to advance in the world if we didn’t have the curiosity found on the LEFT side. Every invention wouldn’t have existed. Also, every art we enjoy as entertainment in our lives is run by the left brain. like music? movies? art galleries? comedians? exc. try not to be so close-minded and arrogant to think you’re any better than anyone else! Everyone has something that makes them talented in some way, shape, or form.

  6. shirlykubs Says:

    i think the way the human brain functions its so amaizing. by looking at da way it works everyday you can really tell that there is a creator&thats why he deserve to be praised he’s so amaizing.

  7. Danequa Says:

    how can you open up both sides of your brain can it be done?

  8. Ravikiran Deore Says:


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