The QUIZ: Every time you select the first answer, give yourself a point. Keep track of your score and refer to the chart at the bottom.
1. Are you better at recognizing and remembering names or faces?
Select one: Names | Faces
2. Are you an organized individual or a spontaneous individual?
Select one: Organized | Spontaneous
3. Do you like realistic stories or stories that deal in fantasy?
Select one: Realistic | Fantasy
4. Do you problem-solve using logic or intuition?
Select one: Logic | Intuition
5. Do you like well-structured assignments or open-ended assignments?
Select one: Well-structured | Open-ended
6. Do you remember things easily through language or through pictures?
Select one: Language | Pictures
7. Do you consider yourself to be very creative or not creative?
Select one: Not creative | Creative
8. Do you often produce humorous thoughts and ideas or serious thoughts and ideas?
Select one: Serious | Humorous
9. Do you read for details and facts or for main ideas and overviews?
Select one: Details/facts | Main idea/overview
10. Do you learn through systematic plans or through exploration?
Select one: Systematic plans | Exploration
Your Results: Add up your total points and find your position on the scale below:
Right Brain No Dominance Left Brain
0 5 10
What Your Results Mean:
The “Right Brain/Left Brain” theory of the mind stresses that the two different sides of the brain control two different “modes” of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other. Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different ways of thinking. For example:
Right Brain Left Brain
Looks at wholes Looks at parts
Most people have a distinct preference for one of style of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.
To become more “whole-brained” in your orientation, include more arts, creativity, and the skills of imagination and synthesis in your learning and activities. Use techniques that connect with both sides of the brain, increasing learning activities by incorporating more patterning, metaphors, analogies, role playing, visuals, and movement into reading, calculation, and analytical activities. Devise new ways of interweaving both sides of the brain – the sky is the limit! And for a more comprehensive Right Brain-Left Brain quiz, go to http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm.