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Lets take a short quiz. Take a plain sheet of paper and number it 1 to 15. For each question you will choose a, b, or c.

DIRECTIONS: Answer the questions carefully checking the answer that is correct for you. Select the one that most closely represents your attitude or behavior.

1. I prefer to learn

a. details and specific facts

b. from a general overview of things, and by looking at the whole picture c. both ways about equally

2. I prefer the jobs a. Which consist of one task at a time, and I can complete it before beginning the next one b. In which I work on many things at once c. I like both kinds of jobs equally 3. I prefer to solve problems with a. logic b. my gut feelings c. both logic and gut feelings

4. I like my work to be a. planned so that I know exactly what to do b. open with opportunities for change as I go along c. both planned and open to change 5. I like to learn a movement in sports or a dance step better by

a. hearing a verbal explanation and repeating the action or step mentally

b. watching and then trying to do it c. watching and then imitating and talking about it

6. I remember faces easily a. no b. yes c. sometimes

7. If I have to decide if an issue is right or correct

a. I decide on the basis of information b. I instinctively feel it is right or correct

c. I tend to use a combination of both

8. I prefer a. multiple-choice tests b. essay tests c. I like both kinds of tests equally 9. If I had to assemble a bicycle, I would most likely

a. lay out all the parts, count them, gather the necessary tools, and follow the directions
b. glance at the diagram and begin with whatever tools were there, sensing how the parts fit c. recall past experiences in similar situations

10. At school, I preferred a. algebra b. geometry c. I had no real preference of one over the other

11. It is more exciting to a. improve something b. invent something c. both are exciting to me

12. I generally a. use time to organize work and personal activities

b. have difficulty in pacing personal activities to time limits

c. am able to pace personal activities to time limits with ease 13. Daydreaming is a. a waste of time b. a usable tool for planning my future c. amusing and relaxing

14. I can tell fairly accurately how much time has passed without looking at a clock a. yes b. no c. sometimes 15. When reading or studying, I a. prefer total quiet b. prefer music c. listen to background music only when reading for enjoyment not while studying


1. Calculate the number of your a and b answers. Do not consider your c answers. 2. Put a (-) minus sign in front of your a score and a (+) plus sign in front of your b score. 3. Do the algebraic sum of your a and b scores.

-15 to -13 -12 to -9 -8 to -5 -4 to -1 0 +1 to +4 +5 to +8 +9 to +12 = left=brain dominant (very strong) = left-brain dominant = moderate preference for the left = slight preference toward the left = whole-brain dominance (bilateral) = slight preference toward the right dominance (bilateral) = moderate preference for the right = right-brain dominant

+13 to +15

= right=brain dominant (very strong)

How Our Brain Develops

OUR FIRST BRAIN CELL (Neuron): It begins in the womb. On your 42nd day of life, the first neuron develops. During the next 120 days, your brain will develop around 100 billion neurons at a rate of 9,500 per second! About 60 days before you are born, each neuron begins to establish connections with other cells.

How Our Brain Develops

Unlike any other organ in your body, your brain actually starts to get smaller after the age of 3. During your toddler years the neuron connections (synapses) that you use on a regular basis become stronger. Those that are not used on a regular basis get weaker and may even disappear.

How Our Brain Develops

By the time you are 16, you will have lost around half of your synaptic connections.
Your character and your values will have been established you are who you are! Although the overall number of synaptic connections tends to decline throughout our lives, the nature of the connections within our brains is constantly changing.

Brain Dominance

In the picture, you can see that the brain has been divided into two parts the left side and the right side.
By looking at this picture what can you tell about the people on the left versus the people on the right?

Brain Dominance
Brain dominance is the reason why:
You act as you do You react the way you do You learn the way you do You feel the way you feel

Every cell of the human body is ruled by the brain. The brain controls how we think, understand, see, hear, and learn.

Brain Dominance

Differences Between Left and Right Hemisphere

Brain dominance refers to a preference for using one hemisphere (side) of the brain over the other. Our education system seems to favor a left-brain style, except for some creative activities. Each hemisphere has its own separate and private sensations, its own perceptions, its own impulses to act.

Are you more right brained or left brained?

Both sides of the brain are involved in nearly every human activity.

Most people seem to have a dominant side.

Our dominance is a preference, not an absolute. When learning is new, difficult, or stressful we PREFER to learn in a certain way. It seems that our brain goes on autopilot to the preferred side of the brain.

Brain Dominance
Which side of the brain do you use?

Most people use one side of the brain more than the other. That one side of the brain even grows much bigger than the other side. In about 90% of people, it is the left side of the brain that is dominant and bigger. Some people have a mixed dominance and their brain grows larger on both sides.

Left vs. Right Which Side Are You On?

No one is totally left-brained or totally right-brained. Just as you have a dominant hand, dominant eye, and even a dominant foot, you probably have a dominant side of the brain. You can and must develop both sides of your brain. The left and right hemispheres of your brain process information in different ways. Our right and left hemispheres control the opposite side of our bodies.

We tend to process information using our dominant side.

What are the benefits of knowing your natural preference?

A persons Brain Dominance strongly influences the way they are. Brain Dominance forms the foundation of ones personality. Your dominant brain type has a very significant affect on your study skills, homework habits, and grades. By understanding your dominant brain type, you may be able to adjust your study methods, and perhaps shape your schedule and coursework to suit your own personality type.

Left Side of the Brain

Watch the clock constantly while in class Accused of being analytical Organized Often cautious Follow rules and schedules Strong in math and science

Right Side of the Brain

The bell surprises you at the end of class. Accused of being a dreamer Can be very intelligent and very deep thinkers Great students of the social sciences and arts Spontaneous Likely to follow their own gut feelings Great skill at seeing through lies or tricks Would make great Survivor contestants

Can answer questions quickly

Would make great Jeopardy contestants.

Left Side
Left brain processes in a linear, sequential, logical manner.

Right Side
Intuitive Processing
The right side of the brain uses intuition. In writing, the right side pays attention to coherence and meaning. That is, you right brain tells you it feels right. Your decisions will be based on feelings.

Your decisions are made on logic proof.

In writing, it is the left brain that pays attention to mechanics such as spelling, agreement, and punctuation.

Left Side

Right Side
Non-Verbal Processing

Left brain students have little trouble expressing themselves in words.

Right-brained students may know what they mean but often have trouble finding the right words.
Right-brained students need to back up everything visually.

Left Side
The left side of the brain deals with things the way they are with reality. Left-brained people want to know the rules and follow them.

Right Side
Fantasy-Oriented Processing

Right-brained students try to change the environment. Constantly need to ask for feedback and reality checks.

Where did all this information come from?

Ned Herrmann began his research in 1976.
He was interested in locating the source of creativity. This led to him finding a method of testing to measure brain dominance. The results was the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument. The four quadrants and four modes in the whole brain model were created by him after over 1 million individuals took his test. The Herrmann whole brain model has to do with person differences and uniqueness not with good or bad, right or wrong.

Whole Brain Dominance Brain Teaser

This is what you really want to see. If you can view this image steadily for at least 15 minutes, your left and right brain hemisphere are working at the same time.

Left Brain Dominance

If the majority of the time you saw the red circle only or it appeared as if it were on top, then you are visually left brain dominant.

Right Brain Dominance

If the majority of the time you saw the blue circle only, or it appeared as if it were on top, then you are visually right brain dominant.

Brain Trivia
The brain uses 20% of the bodies energy, but makes up only 2% of the bodys weight. The brain feels like a ripe avocado, but looks pink because of the blood flowing through it. The brain generates 25 watts of power, enough to illuminate a light blub. The brain is about the size of a cantaloupe and wrinkled like a walnut. A newborn babys brain triples in size the first year. The cerebellum cortex has a thickness of about 1/8, and it grows thicker as we learn and use it.