Are you creative or analytical? Find out in 5 seconds.

Published on Feb 4, 2014 by In59seconds

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Richard Wiseman is based at the University of Hertfordshire

The left and right brained idea is controversial. The research described in the video is here:

Ida, Y. (1987). The manner of hand clasping and the individual differences in hemispheric asymmetries. Japanese Journal of Psychology, 58, 318-321.

Ida, Y. (1988). The manner of clasping the hands and individual differences in perceptual asymmetries and cognitive modes. Psychologia 31, 128-135.

Mohr, C., Thut, G., Landis, T., & Brugger, P. (2003). Hands, arms, and minds: Interactions between posture and thought. Journal of Clinical and Experimental
Neuropsychology, 25, 1000-1010.

And the case for the right brain-left brain idea being a myth is here:…

4 thoughts on “Are you creative or analytical? Find out in 5 seconds.

  1. “And the case for the right brain-left brain idea being a myth is here:”

    Look again. They don’t make a case. They just make a claim, and they only evidence they have to support it, can just as easily support the “myth”.

    “The study revealed that while activity was sometimes higher in certain important regions, both sides of the brain were essentially equal in their activity on average.” {here it states that “activity was sometimes higher in certain important regions”, which I always thought was what they’re calling a “myth” here}

    “It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain.” {this too, I thought to be part of the “myth” rather than anyone making any hard lines between the brain hemispheres that weren’t regularly crossed}

    It doesn’t convince me, and the “myth” of left / right brain dominance, as far as I’ve heard it, was always dealt with vague generalities anyway, rather than it being a hard and fast rule.

    At this point in time, I can’t imagine any motive for wanting to deceive people about this, but that may surface later. It is strange however, that they would bother to refute the long standing “myth” without harder evidence than they’ve shown.

    The “hand clasping” in the video is something I’ve never heard before.

  2. Interesting … thanks Susan.

    This right-brainer has worked in a career that utilized her creative left-brainer qualities for 42 years as a graphic artist in the newspaper production department.

    I am happier when I’m creating, but don’t seem to miss much when it comes to analyzing the details on most subjects. Maybe it’s time I got back into my stained glass, macrame and jewelry making projects. 😉
    . . .

  3. When I’m sitting in a conference room meeting, the way I fold my hands depends on which hand needs to be covered to hide embedded auto grease that won’t wash-off, or a cut from a work hand injury that I intentionally failed to report. If both hands are marred then I hide them under the table. I suppose this makes me analytical and creative, or possibly just an ambidextrous, accident-prone, grease monkey. No myth there…

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