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Which Side of Your Brain is Dominant - Does It Have Any Significance?

Updated on January 23, 2017

Which Side of Your Brain is Dominant - Does It Have Any Significance?

The brain in humans, or rather the Neocortex in the brain, is split into two parts; the left and the right brain. Many people rely more on one side of the brain than the other and are said to be left or right brain dominant. There is no wrong or right or good and bad side; each one has its own merits.


10 Right Brain Dominance Traits

  1. Creativity
  2. Expresses emotion easily
  3. Philosophical
  4. Dreamer
  5. Intuitive
  6. Good at sport
  7. Works better with pictures than written instructions
  8. Ability to memorise music
  9. Good at remembering faces
  10. Work well with colour (matching, sorting, interior decorating)


10 Left Brain Dominance Traits

  1. Critical Reasoning
  2. Works well with numbers
  3. Analytical
  4. Language skills
  5. Writer
  6. Focused
  7. Eloquent Speech
  8. Logical
  9. Thinker
  10. Reader

Characteristics of a Whole Brained Person

Ability to shift tasks from one side to the other of the brain

Can generally problem solve very efficiently due to being able to see both sides of the problem

Is logical and creative at the same time

Is balanced and does not work with extremes of one thing or another

What implications does being one sided brain dominant have?

There is evidence to show that adolescents and children over 5 years who have problems working out which hand is their dominant hand (understand also that brain dominance determines hand dominance) may be suffering from a Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder or ADHD.

There are some theories which state that to be a completely well rounded character you must be whole brained rather than being one sided brain dominant. Most men are apparently left brain dominant, whilst most women are right side dominant.

Another theory is that lesbian women and heterosexual men are left sided dominant and gay men and heterosexual women are right side dominant. This was discovered by James Olsen – Author, during the writing of his book “The Whole-Brain Path to Peace” and would correspond to the previous theory since there are obviously some people who don’t conform to the men being left dominant and women right dominant rule. These must be the gay men and lesbian women Olsen talks about. I feel I must add here that I do know from my own research that there are exceptions to the rule.

By Arch (File:Ambidextrous.jpg) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Arch (File:Ambidextrous.jpg) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

How do I know which side of my brain if any is dominant?

There are lots of brain dominance tests to be found on the internet. The one that I used is here and my result was that I am 49% Right brained and 51% Left Brained so I guess I must be Left Brain Dominant although only slightly.

I obviously can’t break the confidence of the other people I know who did the same test as me but in my own case I can state with complete honesty that I am not a lesbian so I think Mr Olsen’s sweeping statement may be slightly inaccurate when he states that his theory can predict with 95% accuracy the sexual orientation of a person. I must be in the 5% since I don’t fit into any other model such as pansexual, bisexual or non-binary that are alleged to use both sides of their brain on a more regular basis, which is what I presume I do according to my score.

If what he says is true then anyone who strives to be a ‘whole brain person’ is also likely to become someone with non binary sexuality. I would take this with a grain of salt!

Are there any exercises to help use the whole brain?

Some schools are starting to teach using the ‘Whole Brain Teaching’ method which is based on active learning. Whole brain learning uses imaging as a learning tool. Visualization, meditation, drama, music and drawing are all used to encourage new and wider ideas and to make it easier for the students to recall these ideas.

For more mature students there are whole brain lessons for adults at where free downloads and videos can be found.

© Susan Bailey 9th May 2013 All Rights Reserved


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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I am left brained Alecia but only just. Thanks for your comment

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I am right brained according to the test but I have left brained tendencies. My biggest qualities on the left brain relate to being a writer and eloquent speaker. And as a right brained person I guess I'm more creative than practical at times. Interesting hub!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks Jeannie and Pinto for you comments.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sue Bailey! Surely you have opened the brain in front of us which is doing all the tasks and believe me I am applying both sides of mine while replying you. Very nice hub.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I think I must you both sides of my brain pretty evenly. I am always way too logical to be so creative. Great hub and voted up!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks for your comment comment Onlinestrategies. Certainly the way the brain works is unique to the individual.

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      Onlinestrategies 4 years ago

      Great information here. Every brain is unique to itself. Understanding our own brain features can improve our skills and abilities and unleash our potentials.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Hmm not sure about that one Sherry. I'm almost equal with just one percent in it. My left is slightly dominant. Perhaps your brain is compensating for your right hand. Anyway thanks for commenting.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Interesting... I'm 59% Right Brained, which does not surprise me. My left hand is strongly dominant due to short fingers on my right hand. I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      That is praise indeed Colin and Happy Birthday to you!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello Sue and good afternoon from this birthday boy Colin at lake erie time ontario canada 12:12pm and I am 55 today on this sunday.

      Well I definitely reside on the right side of the brain and I don't know of many people who are equally at home on both sides - do you?

      It's so very nice to meet you and are you enjoying early summer now as we are here in Canada.

      Congratulations on your perfect 100 score - you certainly deserve it as your hub presentation is so well written and in my opinion you are a world class writer - thank you for this enlightenment and education and sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Thanks for your comment