Myths of Education #5: Left Brain vs Right Brain

Dr Mark Williams Neuroscience Professor Author Speaker Facilitator
Myths of Education #4: Learning Styles
January 27, 2021

In a follow-up to the last episode and based on several comments I received I thought I would chat about the Left Brain versus Right Brain myth. Well sorry to tell you but it is a myth. It is based on very old research that was just plain wrong. We all use both sides of our brains and there is no evidence that analytical people use their left brain and artistic people use their right brain more.

I also talk about why I think this has fed into ability or IQ testing and why ability is the wrong way to think about intelligence. That we all have the potential to be anything we want to be (within reasonable parameters) and labelling students does everyone a disservice.


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