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Tool of the month: Overview of right- versus left-brain learners

Nurse Leader Insider, June 22, 2009

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The right and left hemispheres of the brain process information differently, and learners tend to absorb and manage information using the dominant hemisphere. Although one hemisphere dominates, both hemispheres are used to some extent in all thinking processes.

The right hemisphere of the brain is devoted to the "creative" aspects of learning and depends on music, visual stimulation, color, and pictures to process information. Researchers believe that the right hemisphere also enables humans to deal with ethereal concepts such as love, hate, beauty, and devotion. The left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with logical, reality-based functioning and is sometimes labeled the "academic" portion of the brain. The left brain enables learners to deal with language, math, and problems requiring analysis.

Nurse managers and educators should recognize the right- and left-brain characteristics in their learners and plan programs that stimulate the use of both hemispheres to achieve successful educational outcomes. Use this tool to understand some characteristics of left- and right-brain learners and discover suggestions to facilitate learning.

Also, don't forget you can check out more tools in our Tools Library and evidence-based tools and articles in the Evidence-Based Resource Center on www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com.



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