The right-brained learner takes in information about the world by seeing, listening, touching, tasting and smelling. They are also affected by the emotional state they are feeling and experiencing from their current environment. The right brain is concerned with the present only and turns this information into whole concrete picture images it can understand and visualize in the mind. But to read, write and learn about those visual images the right brain must allow the left brain to process those images into language that describes those images. This includes words, the sounds of words, letters, numbers, etc. The left brain thinks in the past and future to find context in the information so it can retain and use it for making decisions about what to do next.
A concrete image means it can be experienced by any or all of the five senses; it is real and actual. For example, the word “tree” is a whole concrete image, it can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted if you want to and you can hear it creak and groan in the wind. Always think of the right brain as having to be taught everything in concrete wholes that can be seen, heard, smelled or touched and understood: whole words, whole sentences, whole pictures, whole ideas, whole lessons, whole concepts, whole stories and so on. If learning a lesson is not completed and understood at one sitting, the information taken in is not real to the brain and it discards what it has been picked up and deposited in short term memory. The information is lost. Avoid those unfinished lessons and explanations.
The left brain thinks about the parts: letters, words, numbers, ideas and pieces of information that it can put together to read and analyze cause and effect (reasons for and/or the consequences of an action, event, or decision). This learning difference in the right brain creates difficulties when trying to work with the parts that make up the whole. So when an individual has a right brain dominance they need to learn how to allow their left brain to handle the processing of abstract concepts such as language, letters and words.
Today there is more and more information and teaching systems becoming available to help the right and left brain operate in a more balanced way to benefit from both sides.
The list below comes from: Hyper Text Webs: Brain Differences – Creativity and the Right Side of the Brain
Left Brain Right Brain
|Words (Verbal)||Images (Non-Verbal)|
|Black & White||Color|
|Critical Thinking||Creative Thinking|
|Pattern User||Pattern Seeker|