HITS: Are you left-brained or right-brained?

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For decades cognitive psychologists has characterized folks as being either left brain dominant  – logical – or right brain dominant – creative.

Browse the lists below and pick your dominant brain side – left or right.


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So what? What to do?
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Researchers say that right brainers tend to zero in on the right problem, but often attack it inefficiently.

Left brainers tend to attack problems efficiently, but often work on the wrong problem.

So, a trick for effective problem solving is to leverage the strength of your naturally dominant while shoring up your brain’s other side to become a “whole brain thinker” … and increase the odds that you’re efficiently working on the right problem.


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So, how to to become a whole brain thinker?

Key is recognizing that the characteristics of the brain sides consolidate into two fundamental problem solving skills: pattern recognition and structured analysis.


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For thoughts on how to cultivate these two basic skills, see our online tutorial: Can Problem Solving Be Learned.

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2 Responses to “HITS: Are you left-brained or right-brained?”

  1. Brad Says:

    There is no such thing as right or left brained. From the American Psychological Association:


  2. John Milnes Baker Says:

    I’m an architect. I’ve always believed that a “creative” or “imaginative” architect is a combination of 1) The “Artist” – with an ability to imagine spatial possibilities graphically within a context and the ability to create structures – both whimsical and practical and 2) The “Engineer” – the practical go-to guy who keeps the artist/architect in line with his disciplined knowledge grounded in common sense solutions. But I’ve always said “Building” becomes “Architecture” only if the end result transcends the mundane physical requirement of shelter and elevates the spirit of man’s aesthetic sense. It is a balance scale but preferably with a thumb slightly weighting the side of the artist Does that mean the architect is “right brained” or “left brained”? I’d say it’s a balance of the two.
    Does anyone have more insight than I do? John Milnes Baker, AIA

    PS Frank Lloyd Wright was asked by the young son of one of his clients: “What is an architect?” His answer: “arch” as “master” or “top” as in “arch-bishop” and “Tech” as in “knowledgeable technician.” Therefore an architect is “The master of the know-how.”

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