let's get BRAINSAVVY
Our brain architecture creates our experience of the world, and it matters that our brains are divided. If we want to get the most from our minds, it helps to understand why!
The actual science is inspiring...if you can find it. A Google search for brain hemispheres will show hundreds of illustrations listing the "functions" of the left and right brain. These illustrations are so compelling and easy to grasp! And unfortunately, for the most part, they're false.
Why push past them? Well, your progress just might depend on it.
HEMISPHERES: A HOW CONVERSATION
Pop culture illustrations—this function on the left and that on the right—are well-intentioned. They attempt to describe some compelling differences that do show up in studies. But we miss the differences that matter if we put a what conversation where a how conversation belongs.
Neuroscience offers clarity about the hemispheres' different hows. Not their different whats. When it comes to whats (e.g., functions), both hemispheres are involved in everything. They don't handle different things. They do handle things differently though—and one is better at discoveries.
AN "AHA" MOMENT
Research distinguishes the left and right brain by how they work with new information. New insight is the key to our progress—and one hemisphere welcomes and integrates it more quickly and effectively than the other.
At any given time, your left brain has a preference for knowing what you already know. It uses smaller, more closely networked neurons. Its style is to search and retrieve from its own networks. This is handy if progress can be made using its insights. But when progress depends on a new frame of reference, the left brain can network endlessly in search of pathways it cannot find. The experience can be so circular and frustrating that progress seems impossible. (Sound familiar?)
Your right brain is different. At any given time, it prefers noticing whatever is present. It has a larger workspace to do its networking. It's longer and wider in most places than the left, its neurons are larger, and its networks are broader. At every second of the day, the right brain seeks to sense—and help the left brain grasp—any freshly available insight. Always at the ready for heavy lifting on a new idea or solution, it is undaunted by complexity and vastly more equipped for pathfinding.
Wait. If our right brains are so equipped for pathfinding, why do we experience so much stuckness and frustration?
Well, simply put our left brain is the more talkative one. With language networked left (80-95% of the time, depending on criteria)... connecting with right-brain insights requires more tools than words. When we have the "right" tools, we can quickly reach the "aha" moments we want—and access more creative vision and more effective pathways.
Intrigued? Well, you should be! One hundred percent of clients leave with new insights and report a better experience of progress. To learn more, schedule a conversation or explore the resources below.