The Left Brain versus the Right Brain: The Impact on Learning
The process in which perpetual modification in awareness or conduct is carried out is known as learning (Hellige, 2006). In the broad education and learning field, a person may find many individuals. Everyone strives to get knowledge and education. Institutions and schools of knowledge have different ways of carrying out their duties.
A teacher or a lecturer will apply a general lecturing or teaching technique to the entire class in a lecture or a class session. Students before exams have to refer to their notes to memorize and remind themselves what they were taught earlier. This offer proves that however efficient a teaching strategy was, what was taught did not stick in the minds of students.
The brain is divided into two main different parts, the left part and the right part. When it comes to defining the functions of the two parts and their significance in education, an argument often arises. There are different mythologies and scientific findings that try to explain the brain but it is fact that keeps changing and it has become highly debatable.
Additionally, there is a popular theory that explains parts of the brain that each is responsible for controlling types of thinking. The parts of the brain, known as the hemispheres are known to have different functions. The part on the left is known to be more diagnostic and cogent while the right part of the brain is known to be highly spontaneous. Therefore, in learning, the left hemisphere is known to be more alert and with a deeper understanding of things.
It was also asserted that men and women can be identified or separated by their tendencies to display right vs hemispherical tastes. Males have robust left hemisphere skills while females have stronger right hemisphere skills. This is an assertion that tries to explain the reason as to why girls find subjects such as mathematics hard to grasp in class because it entails a lot of thinking compared to their counterparts. Even so, the assertion doesn’t have any scientific research support therefore, it is not substantial.
Neuroscientists in their recent studies explained that there is a clear distinction between the two hemispheres as far as learning is concerned. The right hemisphere is known to be good in recognizing frameworks. It can grasp items grouped together. In music for instance, many people and more specifically children grasp the melody faster compared to detailed features of music including the meaning or wording, which is the left hemisphere’s task.
The right hemisphere also seems to be more focused on recognized general aspects of different things. As a result, it is not interested in detailed features of things or ideas and it appears to be the responsibility of the left hemisphere (Nelson & Collins, 2008).
By focusing more on the left hemisphere, one will realize that it has a tendency of showing interest in details of group or individual items. It is actually the part of the brain that acts so much like a detective and looks around for all things absorbed by the right hemisphere. This part also handles compound structures and it is characterized by clear discernment of ideas as opposed to a mode that is generalized of the right hemisphere.
Additionally, many people may not clearly understand what goes on in the brain because many assume that everything is self-driven. By default on the part of the brain, the right hemisphere is often utilized by many people. Many learners find it very hard to evaluate what is conceived by the left hemisphere.
Those who reason tactfully and follow closely with their left and right hemisphere are known to be wiser and smarter compared to the rest. They are also rated as individuals of high intelligence quotient. They have a general and detailed overview of a given idea (Turgeon, 2010). Such individuals in class do not focus on general ideas passed by a tutor; they dig the deeper meaning for clear knowledge and understanding at the same time.
In conclusion, neuroscientists and brain specialists over the past years have made it clear by trying to explain tirelessly on the concept. Following different brain analysis and an inquiry, it is clear that the hemispheres of the brain are interdependent. They both carry out tasks at equal measures. The disparity however is on task specification. Each hemisphere is responsible for a given task and aids the other part.
As a process, learning is understood by every individual who is in the field and even so, what is learn and those defining education depends on a person’s brain capabilities (Given, 2005). Therefore, the right and the left brain are not in any form of competition but there is interdependence and interrelationship between the two.
Given, B. (2005). Teaching to the brain’s natural learning systems. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Hellige, J. (2006). Hemispheric asymmetry: what’s right and what’s left. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Nelson, C. & Collins, M. (2008). Handbook of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Turgeon, M. (2010). Right-brain left-brain reflexology: a self-help approach to balancing life energies with color, sound, and pressure point techniques. Rochester, Vt. Colchester, Vt: Healing Arts Press Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. by American International Distribution Corp.