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Psychology Right Brain Left BrainThe article in which I chose to examine is called Right Brain Left BrainFact and Fiction written by Jerre Levy In the past fifteen years or sothere has been a lot of talk of left brain and right brain people Levysreason for righting this article was clearly to stop the misconceptions andshow the truth about how our brain hemispheres operate Levy first explores the myth of the left brain and right brain theoryShe states that generally people see the left hemisphere of the braincontrolling logic and language and the right creativity and intuition Inaddition people differ in their styles of thought depending on which halfof the brain is dominant She believes that most of what these notionsstate is farce Next the article explores the history of this fascination of the left andright hemispheres of the brain Apparently the study of this aspect of thebrain traces back to time of Hippocrates Levy weaves in and out of thevarious theories and prominent people known for contributing to theconfusion It wasnt until 1962 when Roger W Sperry began experimentingon certain aspects of the brain that contribute to the truth of the leftand right brain theory Sperry studied people who had undergone surgicaldivision of the corpus callosum the bridge between the two hemispheresHis studies showed that an object placed in the right hand lefthemisphere could be named readily but one placed in the left handnonverbal right hemisphere could be neither named nor described Next to branch off of Sperrys studies was psychologist Doreen KimuraKimura developed behavioral methods which involved presenting visualstimuli rapidly to either the left or right visual fields Anotherimportant method developed was dichotic listening which centered aroundthe use of sound to study the hemispheres Through these tests and thecontinual study the theory that the left brain controlled ended Instead anew theory was born known as the two-brain theory This said that atdifferent times one of the two hemispheres would be operating An exampleof
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