Right Brain and Left Brain Characteristics

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Left Hemisphere Style Right Hemisphere Style
Rational
  • Responds to verbal instructions
  • Problem solves by logically and sequentially looking at the parts of things
  • Looks at differences
  • Is planned and structured
  • Prefers established, certain information
  • Prefers talking and writing
  • Prefers multiple choice tests
  • Controls feelings
  • Prefers ranked authority structures
Intuitive
  • Responds to demonstrated instructions
  • Problem solves with hunches, looking for patterns and configurations
  • Looks at similarities
  • Is fluid and spontaneous
  • Prefers elusive, uncertain information
  • Prefers drawing and manipulating objects
  • Prefers open ended questions
  • Free with feelings
  • Prefers collegial authority structures
Sequential
  • Is a splitter: distinction important
  • Is logical, sees cause and effect
Simultaneous
  • Is a lumper: connectedness important
  • Is analogic, sees correspondences, resemblances
Draws on previously accumulated, organized information Draws on unbounded qualitative patterns that are not organized into sequences, but that cluster around images