Calling bullshit on the left-brain versus right-brain concept

By Jason Li

2016 March 03

First, a true story:

Comic strip about my experience at a job interview years ago

ICYMI the concept of left-brain versus right-brain thought is not real science.

Source 1

Jeffery Anderson, professor of radiology at the University of Utah:

The pop culture idea (creative vs. logical traits) has no support in the neuroscience community and flies in the face of decades of research about brain organization, the functional roles of the two brain hemispheres and evidence from patients with lesions in one or the other hemisphere in the brain.

Quote from BBC Trending via Final Boss Form.

Source 2

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London:

What really worries me is that it is having a large impact in education. My research involves teenagers and we go into schools a lot, and what we see is often children being classified as being either left-brained or right-brained and actually it could be a real impediment to learning, mostly because that kind of implies that it’s fixed or innate and unchangeable to a large degree. I mean there are huge individual differences in cognitive strengths. Some people are more creative than others. Other people are more analytical than others. But the idea that this is something to do with being left-brained or right-brained is completely untrue and needs to be retired.

Quote from the Freakanomics Podcast.

So please – stop using this concept of left versus right brain.

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