Brain Dominance Theory Essay

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Dew (1996) regards left and right-brained thinking as being linked to the brain dominance theory. Left-brained thinkers emphasize rationality, data and analytics in their thinking. Right-brained people tend to solve problems through their understanding of relationships, embrace teamwork and look at things as a process. The two sides of the brain, therefore, can both play a role in problem-solving, but the approach to problem-solving can be substantially different. At times, these styles will be complementary but at other times they will be incompatible.

A mind map is a visual way of representing thinking. It can be used as a brainstorming approach, and perhaps even to solve problems. I am skeptical that a mind map makes use of brain dominance theory, however. Mind maps are maybe good for people who need to see or visualize things in order to conceptualize them. I'm not sure which side that would appeal to, probably right-brained. To me, what that says is that the mind map is developed as a way...

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This does not leverage anything of brain dominance theory and could have been developed entirely independent of it. There's no apparently correlation, much less causation, between these two concepts. That's not to dismiss either -- just that there is no evident relationship between the two, that can be empirically demonstrated.

As for an example of a mind map I have used, I would not ever use a mind map. When I look at that, I see a cluttered jumble that goes nowhere. My head hurts just looking at one. I'm just not that visual, and don't conceptualize things that way. Good to know for somebody else, and that there's a tool for them, but I don't have a mind map, never used one, and wouldn't know where to begin if I did. Again, though, if you want to draw a link between mind maps and brain dominance theory, you need evidence that such a link exists. So I went to look for this.

Tony Buzan (2010) discusses this in a video from his website, where he notes that the cells in a brain look like a mind map, with the different links that they have to each other. So he developed mind mapping based on this principle that people's brains are wired a certain way, such that the…

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Dew, J. (1996). Are you a right-brain or left-brain thinker? Quality Progress Magazine. Apirl 1996. pp. 91-93.

MindTools (2015). Mind Maps. MindTools.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015 from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm

Buzan, T. (2010). The origins of mind mapping. YouTube. Retrieved April 28, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LX3peWpxV8&feature=youtu.be


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