Over the years, you've undoubtedly heard people say things like: "I'm just not right-brained enough for this," or "She is extremely left-brained." The classic theory on mind function is that each hemisphere represents a different type of thinking. Our right brain is the creative, artistic side that is responsible for new ideas. Our left brain is the detailed, analytical side that helps keep us organized and track the details of our life.
Despite how prevalent this theory is, it's largely been debunked. Researchers conducted brain scans on about a thousand different subjects and found no difference in the functioning of the networks on either side of the brain, regardless of the types of tasks being completed. In other words: we all use both sides of our brain, all the time.
Nevertheless, we still run into people who seem to use different sides of their brain. We all are familiar with our detail-oriented friend – probably an accountant or engineer – who is great with math and keeping things organized but couldn't paint a picture or carry a tune if their life depended on it. Conversely, most of us know that free spirit who seems to barely be able to put clothes on in the morning, yet can write a song or perform a classical dance like few others in the world.
You've probably even classified yourself under the left/right brain theory – but how accurate is your assessment? Let us double check; give us the answers to the questions below, and we'll assess whether you are more left or right-brained.