Left brain and right brain difference

Are you right brained or left brained

are you left brained or right brained

We have two brains Left and Right. Each person has one dominant brain. Accordingly that person called as right brained person or left brained person. This dominance is always depends on your learning style. Let’s learn this how it happens. Let’s see how we use our left and right brain for different activities?

Cerebral cortex

Cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that houses rational functions. It is divided into two hemispheres connected by a thick band of nerve fibers.

Corpus callosum

Corpus callosum is a part of a brain who sends messages back and forth between the hemispheres.

What is Dominant Brain

Most people seem to have a dominant side. Dominance comes from preference. When you are learning new, difficult or stressful things we prefer to learn in a certain way. In this process our brain goes on autopilot mode and chooses his preferred side.

It is not so much that we are right brain or left brain dominant, but that we are more comfortable with the learning strategies characteristics of one over the other.

The right brain & left brain theory was given to us by Roger W. Sperry. (Nobel prize winner 1981).

Brain Facts

  • Memory is stored in many parts of the brain.
  • No one is totally left-brained or totally right-brained. Just as you have a dominant hand, dominant eye, and even a dominant foot, you probably have a dominant side of the brain.
  • You can and should develop both sides of your brain.


Left Brain or Right Brain Theory


Each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. Below are few activities in which left and right brains are used.

Activity chart where left brain and Right brain good at

left brain and right brain activity difference

Left BrainRight Brain
- Left brained person is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective.
- Left brain used for language and processes in a logical and sequential order.
- Right brained person said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.
- Right brain used for more visual and processes intuitively, holistically, and randomly.
- Right brain is best at expressive and creative tasks.
Left brain is good at
- Language
- Logic
- Critical thinking
- Numbers
- Reasoning
Right brain is good at
- Recognizing faces
- Expressing emotions
- Music
- Reading emotions
- Color
- Images (Discrimination of shapes)
- Intuition
- Creativity

More difference Left brain and right brain

Left BrainRight Brain
- Positive emotions
- Higher levels of dopamine
- More grey-matter (cell bodies) on the left
- Negative emotions (fearful mournful feelings)
- Higher levels of norepinephrine
- More white-matter (longer axons) on right

Some activities are shared in between left and right brain

  • Sensations on both sides of face
  • Sound perceived by both ears
  • Pain
  • Hunger
  • Position

Things to know about your brain

Brain research confirms that both sides of the brain are involved in nearly every human activity,
Recent research has shown that abilities in subjects such as maths are actually strongest when both halves of the brain work together.

how you can help your child to grow left brain and right brain

How you can help your children to grow his left brain and right brain

  • Encourage your child to use both hands and legs while doing any activity.
  • Do not force your child to use right hand or left hand. Let him decide his preferred side.
  • While playing any games you can ask your child to use his both hands.
    • Like playing with ball you can ask him to throw ball to you with his left and right hand one after another.
    • Same applies to football kicks ask him to kick with right leg and left leg (alternate).
These activities will help him or her grow his left brain and right brain together.
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  1. Nice information. Thanks. Left leg kick and right leg kick is the one which i like most. :)

  2. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The ACE Study will show how brain development is impacted by trauma and stress during the critical years of brain development. Trauma impacted brains are hard wired differently. The high stakes testing can be punitive and label kids unfairly, abstract concepts…math can be a barrier to passing state assessments for graduation.

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