The Right And Left Brain
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~ Albert Einstein
If we go by the medical terms, the brain can be defined as an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity. But here are some more vital pieces to understand the brain than just its biological definition. The brain is divided into two parts – The right and the left part.
You must have come across some articles or books that have guidelines to improve your creativity and logical thinking. What they are suggesting you is, to work on your right and left brain. People are often described as left-brain thinkers having a strong math and logic skills while the right-brain thinkers are more creative.
But, did you know the growth of the right and left brain does not take place simultaneously. When a child is in his growing years mostly in the age group of 3-4 years, it is then the right brain develops. The left part of the brain develops mostly after the child has crossed his 7 years of age. The early years of the child are hence crucial for their development.
Now, let us decode the functionalities of the two parts of the brain in details. Let us begin with the right part. Each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. The right part is more a kind of open playground. The unstructured play of imagination, expression and emotional intelligence is all permitted on the right part of the brain. We can even say that the right brain connects us to our infinite sense of being.
The left side of the brain is considered to take up activities that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. The left brain is far more interested in doing.
In a nutshell, the left side of the brain tends to control many aspects of language and logic, while the right side tends to handle spatial information and visual comprehension. Hence when we are aiming at the progress of the child, we need to consider the development of both the right and left part of the brain.
One needs to take up experiential learning that will simultaneously discipline your right and left-brain hemisphere. Experiential learning is an ancient method followed across the different parts of the world. While some used beads as in ABACUS, we Indians had Vedic Math, based on the 16 sutras. In the modern age, we have streams like Robotics and Practical Sciences that can be considered as a part of experiential learning.
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Since Experiential learning is not confined to theory, the process has proven to have significant teaching advantages. A learner is benefitted through the education only if he can put a share of that knowledge to use in his future life which he gains from his desire to absorb the knowledge.
In the subsequent blogs, we will learn more about the Experiential learning and knowledge about the streams that come under Experiential learning and their respective advantages.