Left Brain/Right Brain
by Rita Goldner
The popular left-brain/right-brain theory was proposed by Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize winner in 1981. His findings have recently been debunked by brain scientists, but at that time he thought that people had a dominant side of their brains. People who were creative and imaginative were right-brained, and those who had analyzing and logical reasoning skills were left-brained.
It’s biologically true that the right side governs art, music, creative writing and emotions; it’s also true that the left side is used for organizing and sequential planning. The myth is that people are one or the other, right-brained or left-brained. Scientists now say that most people balance their two halves equally.
In my personal experience, I remember occasions when I was plein-air painting, usually on a desert hiking trail, involved in rendering colors and shapes with my paint. Sometimes a passer-by would stop to ask which chronological steps I’d taken to get to that point in the painting, or what proportion of each color I’d used to get a certain mix. The answer usually began with “Ummm…er…well…” while I could almost physically feel my brain shifting from right to left.
When the right-brain/left-brain dominance theory was still popular, teachers sometimes encouraged students into pursuits based on which brain-half the teacher thought was dominant, i.e. right-brained kids should be artists or authors; left-brained kids should be economists or accountants.
The new school of thought says people should cultivate a healthy balance.
This is endorsed by me and my fellow bloggers on this site, since we’re all immersed up to our eyeballs in creative storytelling while, thanks to Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion, we’re also making step-by-step business plans to promote our respective books. My two-pronged job at the moment is finishing the illustrations for my children’s picture book Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy, while orchestrating a complex Kickstarter campaign, starting tomorrow, to crowdfund the printing costs.
You can see my video and presentation of the campaign at kickstarter.com by accessing my page, named after the book title. I’d really appreciate feedback. My own brain is expanding with the huge amount of knowledge I’ve absorbed into both halves.
Rita Goldner is the author of the children’s eBooks Jackson’s History Adventure and Jackson’s Aviation Adventure, both titles in Jackson’s Adventure Series. Rita’s forthcoming book, Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy, will be released in print in May 2015. To view additional illustrations and other books in progress, visit Rita’s website. Contact Rita here. Follow Rita on Facebook.