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Left brain vs. right brain: Which one you used more?

The two hemispheres or sides of the brain — the left and the right — have slightly different jobs. But can one side be dominant and does this affect personality?

Some people believe that a person is either left-brained or right-brained and that this determines the way they think and behave.

The brain is a complex and hardworking organ. It is made up of as many as 100 billion neurons or brain cells but only weighs 3 pounds. It is an energy-intensive organ, making up around 2 percent of a person’s weight but using a huge 20 percent of the body’s energy.

The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained.

According to Sperry’s dated research, the left brain is also connected to:

  • logic
  • sequencing
  • linear thinking
  • mathematics
  • facts
  • thinking in words

The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It’s sometimes referred to as the analog brain. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking.

Sperry’s dated research suggests the right brain is also connected to:

  • imagination
  • holistic thinking
  • intuition
  • arts
  • rhythm
  • nonverbal cues
  • feelings visualization
  • daydreaming

So, what do you think about this? Did you used both left and right brain? Or which one you user more? Hmm..

Don’t worry! Here we would like to share some tips for keeping your brain sharp. Here are a few tips to keep your brain stimulated:

Tips and tricks

  • Spend some time each day reading, writing, or both.
  • Never stop learning. Take a class, go to a lecture, or try to acquire a new skill.
  • Tackle challenging crossword and sudoku puzzles.
  • Play memory games, board games, card games or video games.
  • Take on a new hobby that requires you to focus.

In addition to thinking exercises, your brain benefits from a good physical workout. Just 120 minutes of aerobic exercise a week can help improve learning and verbal memory.

You should avoid junk food and be sure to get all the essential nutrients you need through diet or dietary supplements. And, last but not least, of course aim for a full night’s sleep every night.

*As a reference to the original article can be seen on the website healthline.com and medicalnewstoday.com.

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