Left and right brain thinkers – is there really such a distinction between the two hemispheres of the brain?
The discussion surrounding left and right brain thinkers typically draws people to analyze how different someone is based on which side is one’s “strong side”. It has become a way of defining how a person is supposed to be, based off the fact that the current belief is that one has certain traits that are associated with each side of the brain’s “claimed” functionality. Though there is some truth to this notion, it is outdated. Research has shown that the brain’s capabilities and the creative process spans far beyond the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain.
What we have learned is that there are three, large-scale brain networks. They include the executive attention network, the imagination network, and the salience network. Each network has a different focus in an area of the brain and each network intermittently connects with the others, when necessary. The separation isn’t definite and acknowledging that these various connections take place makes all of the difference. We don’t have all of the answers but if there is anything we know for sure, it is that our brain’s functions are multidimensional and there is no way to determine their exact paths.
If you’re intrigued to learn more about this topic and how the separation of the brain ties to the neuroscience of creativity, check out the article here.