Left Brain / Right Brain Myth

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I’ve never been a fan of management & other pseudo psychology and the the left brain / right brain rubbish that is out there drives me mad.

Back in 1987 this was a myth. Fast forward 25 years and it’s still a myth.

Here’s the abstract from the paper:

[This paper ] reviews research on the functional differences between the 2 hemispheres of the human brain and finds that such claims represent a hemisphere mythology that is contradicted by research on the nature of the differences between the hemispheres.

Let me say it again, there is no evidence that difference between the left/right sides of the brain has any effect on behaviour. It’s a myth, a fallacy. Designers you are not left brained any more than developers are right brained.

In fact the length of our fingers is better indicator of behaviour.

From Left brain/right brain mythology and implications for management and training. Terence Hines (1987)
JSTOR: The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct., 1987), pp. 600-606 (Requires free registration to read).

Here’s an example of the myth in action from Mercedes Benz:


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