In this post I want to share a video about the divided brain, in which Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist takes us on a fabulously well explained journey… I watched it a few years ago (loved it) and then had the chance to rediscover it on the weekend… The brilliant (RSA) animation emphasises the points he makes with both clarity and humour – 12 minutes I absolutely recommend :)

Left vs Right brained…?

I am by nature left-right confused (don’t ask me directions) – so, when people ask “Are you left or right brained?” I have to stop and think, and then I can’t remember which one does what, so I ask “Which side is less mathematical?”

In an ideal world, you would hope that both sides of the brain are happily working together, especially after watching the video – where Iain McGilchrist explains how the divided brain has altered and changed our society – not necessarily for the better:

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Diane

    i found the video very interesting as I was one of the people who believed that there was a distinct difference between the two brain hemispheres. Iain McGilchrist’s talk is filled with information, and I feel that I will have to watch/listen to it again in order to assimilate everything that he says. His illustrations are great, but, once again, there is so much that it is impossible to see/read everything that he draws/writes while listening to the text. Perhaps one is not actually supposed to be able to read everything, but if it is written then I have to assume that it is important. Thank you for posting this video; it is definitely thought-provoking.

    1. Annette

      Thank you :) I think he makes a lot of valid points on the pitfalls associated with a society that favours the rational over the intuitive. While he didn’t (at least I don’t think he did) do the illustrations; the visual aspect emphasises the points he makes ever so well.

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