Revenge of the Right Brain

02005-01-31 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Scientists have long known that a neurological Mason-Dixon line cleaves our brains into two regions – the left and right hemispheres. But in the last 10 years, thanks in part to advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers have begun to identify more precisely how the two sides divide responsibilities. The left hemisphere handles sequence, literalness, and analysis. The right hemisphere, meanwhile, takes care of context, emotional expression, and synthesis. Of course, the human brain, with its 100 billion cells forging 1 quadrillion connections, is breathtakingly complex. The two hemispheres work in concert, and we enlist both sides for nearly everything we do. But the structure of our brains can help explain the contours of our times.

Nice article by Daniel Pink. Two things come to mind:

1. Why choose between Left and Right when you can have both. Meditation creates connections between the two hemispheres and two halves make a whole…
2. The school system is taking kids down the wrong road. Parents have to demand art and music classes, because that is how one gets kids to engage the right hemisphere. Use it or lose it.
Thanks Eric N.

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  1. Panj

    “””2. The school system is taking kids down the wrong road. Parents have to demand art and music classes, because that is how one gets kids to engage the right”””

    GENAU!!!…and those with the means, even if having no children, need to fund these classes, as so many school systems are closing their art and music departments completely…~hopefully~ the pendulum will swing the other way very soon!!!
    Thanks for the lil tidbit on meditating our brain halves together…good thing to focus on for us that need a solid focus…:-)))

    11:57…11:58….11:59…MIDNIGHT…February 1st…:-)))
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!!! May the coming year bring you all the Peace, Health and Engery you need…I know your mom is ‘BEAMING’ down upon you…:-) Thanks for coming to the planet…we are blessed!!!

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  2. Panj

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  3. Borya

    Happy birthday, Mr. Ottmar Liebert.

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  4. djalisgypsy

    I have three school age children that are 12,11 and 5. The two older children get general music theory for 1 quarter per school year, 1 class a week, 40 minutes. My son who is 11 is in the band, trumpet player gets 1 half hour class on thursday. I have one living Uncle who is a working musician at 80 years old who I drive 1 hr to Medford, MA to see on Sundays. In return for me making Sunday dinner, he teaches my kids. My 5 yr old plays drums, my son plays trumpet and bass guitar, my daughter plays guitar. I am very forunate to have my Uncle. He is a wealth of knowledge for my kids as well as myself. However, more music and art should be offered in school, especially for the amount of taxes we pay to live in our community.

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