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Searching for the right hemisphere?

Helen Ginandes Weiss M.A & Martin S. Weiss M.A./Special to the Daily

We all know the adults who can’t reverse themselves in space, back up a car, pull into a parking space properly, or judge distances when they pull into traffic and cut us off rudely.Then there are those adults who can’t spell very well, avoid writing, garble words and mispronounce them because of their problems with visual or auditory sequential recall. These are the people who amuse is with their creative phonetic respelling of non-phonetic words. These may also be the slower readers who avoid reading and pass up any good book for television, movies and outdoor sports.Some of these adults also exhibit confusion or disorientation when required to solve problems involving time-space concepts. They can’t judge time, are always late, seem unable to follow sequential directions. How many marriages could have been saved if John and Martha didn’t argue over directions to Uncle Terry’s house?Between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Neurologists tell us that children complete the process of lateralization of the brain. This is the process of acquiring the internal awareness of the existence of the two sides of the body. Successful lateralization results in a dominant side of the brain, and a development of a dominant or preferred side of the body. It is this preferred side which appears to be most efficient, especially in tasks requiring only one hand, eye or foot or ear.Researchers have also determined that the left hemisphere of the brain appears to be more specialized for the processing of most language functions. Left-hemisphere dominance would normally be accompanied by overall right preference in use of eye, hand , foot, ear, etc. Right-hemisphere dominance would be accompanied by a left-sided preference for eye, hand, foot and ear. Mixed cerebral dominance would occur in a small percentage of cases where people seem to exhibit delayed or incomplete establishment of preference for right or left.All of this does not just apply to little people in school, adult performance styles are also predictable based on the determination of one’s tendency to right or left dominance.Find out your style by asking yourself the following questions.- Are you scientifically oriented or are you a person who is more artistic?- Would you describe yourself as logical and sequential or a person who judges things in a random fashion?- Do you feel that you are extremely rational in your approach to things or to you make judgments based upon you intuition?- When solving problems do you look at things in an objective way or an view the problem in an emotional way?If you have decided that you are more scientific, logical, rational and objective you are probably more left-hemisphere dominant in your approach to problem solving. If you have chosen artistic, random, intuitive and emotional you are probably one who is more right hemisphere dominant.With children the pattern shows up in different ways.Jimmy is a alert, precocious 9-year-old who has been tested, retested and continued to reverse and rotate letters, mispronounce words and have great trouble learning the alphabet, reading and spelling. He listened carefully to all the erudite professionals explaining his learning difficulties and concluded that his directional problems were summed up in that simple expression:”I understand my problem – my right eye is left-handed”.If only it was explained as simply and directly as that! Experts in the field of neurology have come a long way in their understanding of the reasons for directional problems in youngsters and adults. The use of non-invasive technologies such as Cat Scans, Beam Scans and functional Magnetic Resonance Scans point the way to a better understanding of how our brains work and don’t work.Left-hemisphere dominance is considered the so-called normal pattern of development and when it is achieved it would direct all stimuli from the right side of the body to the left hemisphere of the brain, the dominant center of language processing.Any deviation from this pattern may result in a delay in language related messages in their direct passage to the left hemisphere of the brain, adversely affecting the acquisition of specific language and math skills.Thus many children appear to be delayed in language acquisition because of this mixed or non-traditional pattern. As adults they may compensate for their difficulties but still demonstrate problems in directional orientation when when solving problems requiring spatial orientation such as reading a floor plan, construction diagrams and following directions to put that “even a child can do it” kid’s gym together.Should a right-hemisphere dominant adult go in search of a left-hemisphere dominant person as a life partner? We will have to leave that up to you.For more information contact: Helen Ginandes Weiss M.A & Martin S. Weiss M.A., Learning Consultants, at eduworks@chaffee.net, P.O. Box 38, Twin Lakes, CO, 81251, or 1-719-486-5800.


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