Where would you put yourself Do you have more right or leftbrained characteristics Which A words match your characteristics most What about those with whom you work closely What mix of left and rightbrain characteristics do you think you need to have in a

Dividing our brains up into imaginary quarters in this way is another huge oversimplification, although it is biologically true that we do have two hemispheres in our brain connected by the corpus callosum. We now know, for example, through the work of Stanislaus Dehaen, that a simple mathematical sum, which you might assume was a left-brain function, is much more complex. If you express a problem as "What is two plus two?" you are probably using the left hemisphere. But if you reframe the question as "2 + 2 = ?" it is likely that you will use brain areas in both the right and left sides.

In fact, as Roger Ornstein and others have pointed out, there is almost nothing that we do that is governed by only one side. Moreover, we have found out that stroke victims can learn to use their undamaged side for tasks previously undertaken by the other side.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to think of the different approaches that seem to be dominant in the two different halves of the brain. With a mental model like this we can begin to explore apparently conflicting approaches to life, the dynamic tensions between the logical and the intuitive. Of course, it is never a simple question of "either/or," just as neuroscience shows that it is rarely a simple issue of "right" or "left."

As with the idea that we have three brains not one, thinking about your brain's two halves gives you a visual model to help you begin to understand why certain people behave in different ways.

And just as our extraordinary brain demonstrates its plasticity and flexibility, so we can learn to adapt and change our behavior beyond the quarter that may instinctively dominate for each of us.

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