1st Week Exploration - Brain Dominance Survey

 According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking.

Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other.

For example, a person who is "left-brained" is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective.

A person who is "right-brained" is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.


The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Expressing emotions
  • Music
  • Reading emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity


The Left Brain

The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. The left-brain is described as being better at:

  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning



However, I am told this is pop psychology and a myth.

Read the following article:
https://www.verywell.com/left-brain-vs-right-brain-2795005 .

But here at FSCJ it appears almost all 22 chemistry professors favor their left brain. I think I do, but my survey shows very little difference 10 Left-9 Right

Experimentation many years ago has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking.
The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:


Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking.
Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes.

In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while down playing the right-brain ones.
 Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy.
 Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.


So here we are in CHM 1020, Liberal Arts Chemistry, taught by those professors who favor their left brain.
But this special chemistry is also designed for the right brain student, ( except for my nursing/allied health majors and computer science majors who make up a portion of our class are probably left brain dominance).


So, which are you?

My problem is how to design the course for students with either brain dominance.

 There is a short inventory at (Inventory is third screen inside this web site):

I took it and came out 10 right brain, 9 left brain-result neither side is really dominant.

(Probably 30 years ago I would have been strong left, maybe 15-4.)

If you do it, send me the result via an email subject:

                            20A7: Left-Right Brain Inventory     (A7 online)

                            20A15: Left-Right Brain Inventory    (A15 F2F-Deerwood)

                  20A15H: Left-Right Brain Inventory (A15 Hybrid-Deer

                  20B12: Left-Right Brain Inventory     (B12 Online)

                            20B12F: Left-Right Brain Inventory (B12- F2F-North)

                  20B12H: Left-Right Brain Inventory   (B-12 Hybrid-South

                   include in the body your numeric results (#X Left-#Y Right).