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  • Writer's pictureJeanne-Louise Uys

Right brain, left brain?

Is it true that some of us are more 'right-brained' and others more 'left-brained'? Not exactly.

While the terms ‘right-brained’ and ‘left-brained’ may provide an interesting metaphor, they are neither a scientific fact nor an unchanging aspect of brain function.

A curriculum could not be developed for only one side of the brain, since any activity automatically engages both of a child’s hemispheres. There are, however, many individual variations in the way the brain distributes the load, and experiences do help ‘scalp’ their balance.

Studies have shown that each hemisphere has its own unique style of processing information. For most people the right hemisphere learns by getting the whole intuitive ‘feel’ of the situation, while the left tends to analyse systematically and sequentially.

The two hemispheres in your brain are connected by a thick bundle of nerve fibres called the corpus callosum that ensures both sides of the brain can communicate and send signals to each other. A combination of sensory, motor and cognitive information is constantly being transferred between hemispheres via this neural highway.


1. 'Your Child's Growing Mind', Dr Jane M. Healy

2. Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

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