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For decades, the neurological community has been exploring the identities or personality traits of each hemisphere of the human brain.  The groundwork in this area of “brain lateralization” was conducted by Nobel Prize winner Roger Wolcott Sperry and his colleague Michael Gazzaniga.  These doctors were involved in an experiment of severing the corpus callosum (the cable attaching your left brain to your right brain) of people afflicted by epileptic seizures, and they discovered in the process of cutting the cable, this lessened the severity of the epileptic episodes.  Interestingly enough, the patients seemed completely normal except for some rather peculiar problems that they were all sharing.  The hemispheres of the brain were not cooperating and not sharing information from one side to another.
Please review links to these experiments that were conducting proving that in most cases, the right hemisphere has a hard time interpreting the spoken word, but it does much better when it deals with visual imagery and pictures.

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  • Logical analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Survival
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal abilities
  • Words and labels
  • Organization

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  • Spacial intelligence
  • Artistic abilities
  • Imagination and visualization
  • Musicianship
  • Creative expression
  • Empathy
  • Non-verbal expression

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Brain left analytical and right creative hemispheres sketch concept vector illustration

 

 

The best-selling author Betty Edwards used the foundation of Sperry and Gazzaniga’s groundbreaking work as a thesis for her “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain” book.  It is Edwards’ belief that the right side of the brain utilizes the “flow state” savant-type of skill to draw with a level of professionalism.  She conducted

workshops with “non-artists” and within a short period of time, they were drawing extraordinarily well.  She taught them the techniques to tap into the right side of the brain with methods of drawing from pictures that were upside down or drawing the “negative space” around the object instead of the object itself.  Betty Edwards believes that the current educational system is fostering a prejudice towards left-brain dominance in all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education.  This is where Whole Brain Power is supporting Edwards’ hypothesis, especially in light of the Perfect Penmanship system that brings the “flow state” to all peoples of all walks of life regardless of their own regards to their creative abilities through fine motor control.

 

The flowing, connected aspects of artistic expression, where one does not even pull the drawing instrument from the paper (one of Edwards’ exercises) is also connected to the Perfect Penmanship system utilizing connected, cursive letters.  Within the flow state system, there are many exercises where loops and circles and elongated, unbroken chains of strokes are required as part of the training.  Interestingly enough, many people report back the mild euphoria that they get from this exercise which is correlated to activating certain neurological bundles that are involved in the four major neurotransmitters of the brain.  Focus makes you feel good because of the fact that your brain is actively expanding its plasticity and, at the same time, regulating the proper production of dopamine.  If you do not make your brain work, it will not produce the dopamine at the levels necessary for the “feel good” state that we’re all seeking in life.  We are talking naturally, without the artificial stimulus in regards to pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and other mild-altering drugs, not to mention and excessive intake of processed sugars and stimulants such as caffeine and energy beverages.  It is not that these chemicals are inherently “bad” – in moderation, many of these stimulants can be beneficial for performance and enjoyment.  And by utilizing the left/right brain collaboration system promoted in Whole Brain Power, your brain can naturally produce the effects of many of these chemicals, especially what many call “mild euphoria”.

Try it for yourself today.  Download a free sample of the Perfect Penmanship kit here:

 

 

 

 

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  • Great article Ian! Expanding the brains’ plasticity and regulating dopamine production… very interesting. Thanks for the info, Ian!

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