Left Brain Training
Left brain training
So, is there much of a difference between right brain and left brain training? Do brain training experts approach a left brained person differently when they come in for cognitive training? And what does it really mean to be "right brained" or "left brained"? Is the idea that people are either right or left brained a myth?
No, it's true, but not as final as you might think. The classification comes from theories and studies that give us evidence that the mind naturally tends to relegate various functions to the two different hemispheres of the brain; creative thinking processes are active in the right hemisphere of the brain, sequential thinking in the left. As an example, logic and puzzles seem to stimulate activity within the left hemisphere, while intuition is a function of the right. A person is characterized as either right or left brain by how they most often think or problem-solve.
For example, the right brain is characterized by random, intuitive, holistic, synthetisized, subjective, big-picture thinking. The left brain, meanwhile, tends to be more logical, sequential, rational, analytical, objective, and focused on the parts of things rather than the whole. Left-brained people often include accountants, lawyers, and computer programmers. Right-brained people tend to have professions like artist, politician or novelist.
It is important to remember that while common, it isn't truly accurate to classify people by the hemisphere of their brain that they tend to favor — everyone has the capacity to think in both "brains". It is proven: hemispherectory patients (people who have had cancer or brain damage of some kind and have undergone surgery to remove one side of the brain) do not end up completely logical or completely creative. No one can be a "left-brain only" person or "right-brain only" person. But evidence does suggest that most people favor one of the two hemispheres above the other.
Left brain training: Strong vs. Weak Skills
The best way to do left brain training, or any brain training, is to first test to find out which cognitive skills are weak and which are strong. Once you figure out whether your skills are weak or strong (cognitive skills include logic & reasoning, attention, auditory processing, visual processing, memory and others), all you have to do then is apply the right left brain training or right brain training techniques. The best brain training centers use loading (increasing workload and intensity by levels so that the student is always challenged), sequencing, and a metronome during drills. Also, it is crucial that the trainee be paired with a professional brain trainer, one-on-one, that will guide them through the process, building their confidence-building with immediate feedback, and making sure they are challenged and growing.
Whether you are predominantly left-brained, right-brained, or a good combination of both, cognitive skills training is a great way to increase your brain power. At LearningRx, a good brain workout takes about an hour, and the right exercises, applied in the right way, by professional brain trainers, can make a world of difference for students struggling with classes, or adults facing new tasks or an increasing workload. A better brain means easier learning and faster processing — it's kind of like upgrading your computer! If you want to see great results (with left brain training or right brain training or whole brain training) try LearningRx. Researchers have tested and tried our program, and found that it works. Read these studies here. We're so confident that our brain training program produces results, we guarantee it. If you would like to learn more about LearningRx brain training, please visit our website or click here to find a center near you.