Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reflecting on Brains

After completing the brain test, and reading intro-3 of AWNM, what are you thinking about brains? What are you thinking about your own learning? How does all of this relate to education, to you personally, and to the world? Make sure to explain your test results.

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  1. After completing the brain test and reading the introduction to A Whole New Mind I am beginning to understand how much there still is to learn about the human brain. I have discovered that not only does the brain effect our actions but it also effects the way we learn and influences what the most effective method of teaching is. This all relates to education and me as a person becuase if the capabilities of the brain are further explored society as a whole could have a much more informed understanding of what makes humans, humans.

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  2. According to my test results the brain is one big contradiction. I am 30 percent left brain and 70 percent right brain. On my right brain side my most dominant quality is randomness, but my second most expressed quality is concrete. How can something be random and concrete. I look at these results and realize that we may never fully understand the human brain. I mean how could something so contradictory figure out how they themselves tick. It’s a paradox that may puzzle us forever but what we do know truly is fascinating. Thanks to these results I know that I like to be more figurative and less linear with my decisions. My much more random patterns in my right brain are counteracted however when I go to a class like math or science when my most dominant left brain feature is expressed, linear thinking. The ability of the brain to think in both is what I think the key to the future will be. Not right brainers, but whole brainers. People who can switch back and forth and reason with both sides of the brain to come to a common agreement from the simplest to the most complex problems. These thinkers will hold their own in an AP calculus class, and also be able to understand and grow from even the most confusing TED Talks. These will be the future leaders of tomorrow, able to drive both brains forward into the future.

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  3. Upon completing the brain test, I believe that brains are a complex part of humans that have yet to be fully understood. While this quiz had many accurate points, it also had its faults. For example, my results came back 54% left brained with high linear and nonverbal scores. I also had a 0% in the random catergory. I would have to say that I agreed with all of these conclusions. However, the test said that I do not use words in my thoughts or any aspects of fantsy in my thinking, which I would disagree with. Test such as these can provide insight as to how I learn and methods that can help me in the future. But it is not necessarily an indicator for my life and the descions I make. The brain is arguable the most important organism to a human being because it controls everything. While one person may have a certain type of brain, it does not confide them to that method of thinking because people are capable of adapting.

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  4. It is interesting on how each side of the brain relies on the other. Language for example, since the right brain understands language and left brain interprets it. This applies to basically everything, and we cannot experience life without both sides. Left brainers and right brainers would be able to connect at some level, like two puzzle pieces. Each, of course would have their own sides to a brain, and each would learn how the other one works and show gratitude using their dominant side. The brain in education is stressed, since different teachers have different styles of learning, and if a person learns one way, they might have trouble in a different class with different rules.

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  5. I have never really thought much about my brain before reading AWNM and taking this brain test. I always just knew it was there and let it do its job on its own, without my help. While reading AWNM and reading about Pink describe the left and right brained ways of thinking, I had decided I was very strongly left brained. I came to this conclusion because I am not very artistic and have difficulty finding the deeper meaning in things and enjoy “to-do lists” and solving problems in a logical, orderly way. However, the creativity test begs to differ with my conclusion. The short quiz’s results were 54% right-brained and 46% left-brained. Although this test says I learn better in open-ended, free methods, I still believe that my preference is left-brained thinking. I will still be organized and solve problems in a sequential and logical order. According to Pink, the right-brained way of thinking will take over and dominate the world, and all of the left—brains must adapt to this new world. Perhaps this is what the test in telling us; that we can have our preferences and learning styles, but we should also know how we learn best in a different environment. When silence, pro/con lists and classical music are not available, people will still need to make decisions, find the bigger picture and concentrate. This test is telling us that being left or right brained does not matter, it is what you do with the other side that counts.

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  6. After taking the brain test and reading AWNM, I really start to look at the mind as the smartest thing on Earth. Out of all the advances in technology, humans can only give credit to their brain. Many people can multi-task, but their brains are the one to thank for that skill. While disscussing learning styles, visual learning seems to help me in the most benfitial way. Seeing is believing, this symbolizes how I learn becuase when I see things happening around me, I have to adapt and therefore learn when, and how to apply these adaptations. AWNM talks about the non-fiction facts that the future holds for humans as a species. If everybody was the exact same learner, the world would be a boring place to live. But it's these adaptations and learning styles that makes myself... Noah Graham

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  7. After taking the test, I am very surprised by my results. I am 57% right brained, and 43% left brain. In the description it says I probably can express myself well through dance or art. I find that surprising because I cannot dance or sing at all. I also do not have any artistic ability. Math has always been my favorite subject and I have always wanted to be a lawyer, which are both very left brain. I am also very high in fantasy- oriented thinking, according to the test which I find strange. Now that I think about it, I think I learn better with a right brain style teaching. I have understood geometry better, than I did algebra. That makes sense because geometry is more visual and has more pictures. I also like visuals to help me understand the concepts better. From the people that are sitting around me, it seems like a lot of people are right brained. After starting A Whole New Mind, it makes it seem like we actually will lead in the future. I can now understand a little better how important being more right brained will become. Art and music will become important because that is something that robots cannot create, and someone in a foreign place cannot do for cheaper. I think this test will now help me understand the book in a deeper way, because I understand a little bit more of how the brain works.

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  8. I thought that my results from the brain test were accurate; it said that I am 57% right brained and 43% left brained. The results said that I can retain and understand information through images and patterns which is very true. I remember things better if I have a picture. But the test said that right brained people were artists and actresses and I have never thought about being an artist or an actress. I have always wanted to be a doctor which is a very left brain job. According to the test, I learn better with the right brain style of teaching which I think is correct. I am a very visual learner, pictures and diagrams help me understand the concept or problem. After starting A Whole New Mind it makes sense that right brained people will lead in the future because art and creativity are becoming more and more important in the society today. I was not surprised with my test results, I thought they were accurate with the way I think and learn.

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  9. I was 49% left brained and 51% left brained. It was pretty evenly matched, however I'm slightly more right brained. This doesn't really change my ideas about my learning. I know I am very good at algebraic problems but I also like learning through pictures. This makes sense because my most dominant characteristics are linear and nonverbal. I think there are many right brained qualities I can improve on, since the future will probably be more right-brain oriented. Similar to what Daniel Pink is saying in “A Whole New Mind”, people will need to be more creative in the future in order to be successful because outsourcing is making many jobs overseas way cheaper than they are here. I find it interesting that my right brain was dominant but the highest percentage for any trait was 58% in linear. This shows that I like sequential, orderly tasks but in general I think more creatively. The biggest thought I have about this is that we need both halves. I have strong attributes from both sides of my brain, and without both halves I do not feel I could be very successful. I think the future is going to require more right-brain oriented jobs and ideas, but in order to get there people still need the left side. I don’t think people should rely too much on either side of their brain, because they will always need both.

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  11. After taking the test, my results ended up almost perfectly 50/50 right vs. left brained percentages. This describes my learning perfectly because usually I will start a project or assignment with a plan, schedule, etc. However, once I have been doing part of that plan for a while, I will want to move to something else and skip around to make things interesting and link all of my ideas together. This is shown in my results as my left brain being 35% sequential and my right brain being 45% random. I also found it interesting how my results pegged me as a mainly verbal learner, which, in my opinion, is not entirely true. I have a hard time remembering things said, and enjoy hands-on and visual projects. The rest of my results generally describe my abilities to see in detail, but not the big picture. This 50/50 kind of thinking can relate to many people because I believe everyone has a lot of right and left brained tendencies in certain subjects, depending on their interests. On the world scale, being open-minded to both sides of the brain can be an advantage so that all people and nations would be able to understand each other’s thinking, at least a little bit. Before reading A Whole New Mind and taking this test, I have thought that people are on either the far right or left side of thinking and that you cannot change that, but learning more about the intricacies of each side proves that people can learn and train to have "a whole new mind" and understand each side better.

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  12. It is really interesting to learn how different each side of the brain is, yet how they work together so smoothly. It is interesting to see the characteristics that the brain test classified me as. I agree with the fact that I am concrete and linear. I see that all the time in my education from how I want to understand why math works and how in any class I do things linearly. Another thing I noticed was how different other people's test results are and how school and any other educational institution for that matter, teaches to a certain kind of learning style. If one's learning style does not match the teaching style they are at a disadvantage. Each person is very unique both on the outside and the inside. The brain is an incredible part of the human body.

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  13. I am more left brained than right brained (57-43). I am more linear and fantasy oriented than verbal and intuitive. I am a person that likes to follow steps rather than just go and do something. I am also a nonverbal person (gasp) and that also goes with me. I like to work alone on projects. I only see parts of the whole picture (true) and a critical thinker that uses logic. In school, I learn more by looking that hearing, by seeing and doing, then having someone tell me what to do. I don’t fully see that whole picture of an idea until it comes into full fruition. I like to follow guidelines to get to a point and like to do things in a sequential manner, going at my own pace. I am that kind of person that likes to go step by step to figure something out and that reflects me as a person. If something doesn’t make sense, I look at the steps to see where I went wrong. My top brain percentages are fantasy and logic. I like using logic to solve problems, but also like to play around with the what ifs in the situation. I use symbols to represent things that can help me learn. I am not very concrete in my thinking, as in the real world. I like to play with ideas rather than logistics. I am the person who likes fantasy and reality in one nice little package.

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  14. After completing the brain test and receiving the result of being 36% left-brained and 64% right-brained, my thoughts about brains continues to remain relatively the same as before. I knew, according to my thought processes and personality, that I am an R-directed thinker. I find it easier and more natural to see the "big picture" of situations in life rather than the linear, conforming side of it. I would rather be seen as an individual rather than part of a group. In my learning, I would rather see a project as an opportunistic situation while expressing my thoughts and ideas and eventually leading to an impression of my feelings and overall attitude towards something, rather than being given a rubric and guidelines to follow and expand on. To the world, human brains are in charge of most things, but the true rulers of the world are right-brained people after all. They are the creators, the makers, and the introducers. Left-brained people are the doers, the workers, and the middle-class occupants of the world. After reading the first three chapters of AWNM, this idea has become expressively clearer to me. I believe that as people get older from adolescence to adulthood, the main contributing factor in their lives is the development of their right brain. This is the reason Dan Pink wrote his book, he has caught on to a great idealism.

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  15. Both halves of brains tend to work together. I have realized that most people are not fully left brained or fully right brained they are a combination. Many people combine left and right brain techniques. My learning is a good example of combination thinking. Though I sway to the right i am able to think logically but also trust my gut instinct and guess just as well as logically coming to a solution. Education is solely relying on left brain techniques. With the exception of the arts like music and drawing, education in America is based on how well students absorb knowledge and spit it back out on a test. There are exceptions of course but as the world is changing from left brain dominant to right brain dominant,as predicted in A Whole New Mind, education must leap to incorperate more right brain thinking outlets and techniques. Personally creativity should be encouraged but not brought to the forefront of education. I think that left brain thinking is still essential to society but our generation needs to adapt to less and less available left brain job opportunities in the United States. Some of this is because of outsourcing but also because the demand for these profession left brain is down because they are still considered "better". My test results showed that I was more Right brained than left but they were very close together. I am able to balance between the two well. There are somethings that I am better at that are left or right oriented but, I tend to do a little of both.

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  16. After taking the Brain test and reading the intro through chapter 3, it is easy to see how the right brain is a necessary instrument to understand the world. My test showed that I was about even in using both sides of my brain, 42% in my left brain, and 58% in my right brain. I feel this almost even combination of both sides of my brain allows me to learn very well in school and in life. My test results showed that the attribute I use the most is "fantasy-oriented", or the ability to process information with creativity and emotion. It also shows that I would rather situations stay the same as they have always been. This attribute makes sense, as I always feel passionately for the work that I do, and that if a system or situation is working, it should not be changed. The learning that takes place inside of schools, however, is almost all solely relied upon the usage of the left brain, so the ability to use the left brain is essential in order to get through school, but outside of school, the right brain is becoming the dominant force to a successful career. Learning in school needs to become more right brain oriented, in order to prepare the new generation for the careers that will be available to them in the future. This old system of left brain learning, learning information and certain dates and equations, is no longer enough to get people careers. This change is hard for me and other students who will soon be looking for careers, since the way we are prepared is not for this new kind of work, but for the way things have always been. The new millionaires will be creative thinkers and people with new ideas in order to help people, and this is what students need to learn to do in order to succeed in this "new world".

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  17. My results were, after completing that left-brain right-brain creativity test, left brain 36% and right brain 64%. The stance of AWNM is that right brained people will rule the future, which means I have a decent chance of a successful carrier. Thinking about my own learning, being right brained makes sense. I have always been a hand on learner and always understood something once I did it for myself. I have also always thrived in art and science which are mainly right brain activities but I have never been good at English or spelling. This has made me think that people who are more advanced in their learning are more right brained people. About 90% of this class is right brained thinkers. Also it has made me see that just about everyone did well on their Romeo and Juliet projects but only some people received excellent grades on their 1984/LB papers. This finally relates to the world because someone who created something new and inventive such as the Ipad is going to have a very successful life and carrier, but people looking for other professions such as lawyers or corporate business men might have a harder time. It must be remembered that when the economy went bad corporate companies had trouble, inventive companies did not.

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  18. All my life, I've believed that I'm a right brainer. In my mind, everything I struggled with (math, science, etc.) was strictly left brain, and my strengths (writing, reading, history) were right brain. However, reading A Whole New Mind and taking the brain test has made me reconsider what I formerly was so stubborn about. The test informed me that I was 57% right and 43% left, which I anticipated. However, it was the evaluations that made me look deeper. I never considered that my life had much structure, but I realized that I only think about how hectic it is going from one activity to the next, not the planning. I wake up at 5:45, go downstairs to eat by 6:20, and leave at 6:50 every day. I go to school, follow my schedule and routine (locker visits, etc) and then come home, go to volleyball, and then go to bed around the same time. Not to mention my dreams of the future, which go something like this: high school college job love husband house kids happiness, in that exact order. The test also said that I am not logical. I prefer to think that I am focused on the answer, not how I get there-- my process might not make the most sense, but the end result is the prize. As for my right brain, I was surprised to see that I didn't score very high in the fantasy oriented section. Then I saw that I make decisions based on reality, not what I want to happen, which made me notice that while I may have crazy dreams of grandeur, I keep them inside my own head! Finally, when I tie this into A Whole New Mind, I think that I will do well in the future if Daniel Pink is accurate in his assessment. I appreciate beauty but also practicality (which is displayed in my closet full of nice jeans and t-shirts), and I love to create new things, new possibilities. Hopefully, now that I've learned a few facts about my brain, I can try to boost some of my failing categories. A 13% in logic??? Really????

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  19. My results show that I am 50% left brain and 51% right brained. My brain is pretty balanced in between the two different sides, but I am slightly more right-brained. I think this seems accurate because I like having order, but I learn best through visuals. I enjoy art and someday hope to be a designer. I think that these are positive results because both sides of the brain are equally important. With a lack of research, people thought that the left brain was more prominate and would guide the right brain in thouht but more recently scientists are discovering the importance of both functioning as one. The two sides work together to achieve everything. Without one, the brain wouldn't function. In my own learining, I know that pictures and visual aids are the most helpful to me but I also like lists and outlines, too. When I learn something with a visual, I am more likely to remember it afterwords. I like color which is why I like to hihlight my notes so specific things can stand out. In education, it is important to appeal to a variety of different learners in a variety of different techniques to most effectively teach students. I will take away the idea that it is essential to visually learn the material to best retain it. The world should remember that the left brain and right brain need each other to function in harmony.

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  20. After taking the brain test, I feel like I know myself better. I already figured that my brain usage was relatively balanced, but, like it said, I don't really know how I came upon that conclusion. I was 49% left and 51% right brained according to the test and the description almost exactly matched who I am; it said my highest qualities were linear and intuitive processing, which in themselves contradict each other. How I think is very sequential, allowing me to easily find answers, but I also rely on my gut feeling to draw a (most of the time) correct answer without knowing how I got there. My brains reflect the confliction and indecisiveness of my nature, and also the weird quirks I posses when speaking or answering questions. It shows that my education and expression of knowledge is a bit random, and I do well in most environments, whether it is verbal or nonverbal. As a person, it explains the processes my brain goes through on a daily basis; I draw conclusions without knowing how I got there and end up confusing those around me through thought process that make sense to me. Being balanced in brain dominance helps me view the world in a more balanced way; it makes it easy to relate to those who think as I do.

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  21. 58% Left Brain 42% Right Brain
    My results showed that I am more left-brained than right-brained, which makes sense because the way that I like to solve problems is by systematically going through the steps and finding solutions. I like classes such as math or science because there is always one right answer, and it is a logical process to get the answer. It also makes sense that I would be left-brained, because that is how education works. We are taught with L-brain ways, given L-brain tests, and have L-brain jobs. Yes, the world is changing from that, and in order to adapt to this change, kids need to be taught differently to fit what the world needs in the future.
    It is not so much that one way of thinking is better than the other, but I think the point trying to be made from A Whole New Mind is that the world is changing, but the people are not changing. Society needs both kinds of people, but we just need an increasing amount of them. Each side of the brain is important, and it is interesting how one side of the brain relies on the other to think. This does not really want to make me change the way that I think, because the way that I think works for me personally and I excel at it. Everybody’s brains are different, and what is important is that people use methods that they are good at.

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  22. Brains control our whole body and so it’s really cool to find out which side is more dominant. I never knew how much of our personality our brains effect. I am more right brained than left brained, with 51% right brain dominance and 49% left brain dominance. The test says I learn best seeing the big picture first, then going back and putting pieces together. I also am organized and learn best with things in sequential order, both I think are accurate. For a project or assignment, I think of what the finished product will look like and make lists of what I need to get there. The left and right side of my brain work together to help me finish a task and that is probably why the percentages were so close. I am left handed so I’m wondering if this had any effect on which side of my brain is dominant, since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Also, I wonder if genetics effect which side of your brain is more dominant. If your parents are both left brained will you be? Or if one is right and one is left will you be in the middle? I think right and left brained people can even each other out since left think more logically and right are more creative, a combination of the two is good and could work in a relationship. Although there may be some disagreement, I think both could come to an even agreement. However, two left brained people and two right brained people would have a great relationship because they would understand each other. It is really interesting how scientist discovered one side of the brain is more dominant, it can help people choose the right jobs and find out activities they will be good at. It is a really cool test!

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  23. The Right Brain Left Brain test says that I am 50% left brain and 51% right brain. Yea, I'm completely fine with having 101% brain power. I'm thinking that brains are pretty miraculous. They can do so many things all at once and then just act like they weren't even trying. All I want to know is: how? How is it that one side of the brain can act differently than the other? It's all just very complex.
    I think the fact that I am about half and half when it comes to brain use is a good sign for my learning. There are times where I will be completely confused as to what I am supposed to do and then there are other times in which my mind goes straight to the answer and I know how I am supposed to finish something. My results said that I "may miss the forest for the trees." This is very true. I know that when I finally see the big picture, a huge lightbulb goes off in my mind. The only problem with being 50-50 means that I still have a long way to go before I figure out what I want to do with my life. But the good thing is that when I do choose, I will be able to do anything I want. That's all that matters.

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  24. After all this brain talk, I have come to the conclusion that brains are quite different although they’re all made of the same stuff. The introduction to A Whole New Mind has made me start thinking about how I might need to change my plans for the future to fit the modernization of thinking in society. For example, I thought that accounting jobs were extremely safe, because after all, every business needs someone in charge of the money. But in reality those jobs are being shipped away, and that surprised me. The way our brains work controls the world around us whether we would like to admit it or not. The test we took pegged me as 57% right brained, and 43% left brained. Most of the results correlate with how I already knew I was. Like, it said I’m not very logical, and that actually is very true… typically. It also concluded that math doesn’t click well in my mind, which is true because it is usually one of my lowest grades. This new knowledge about myself, how I learn, and brains in general has led me to believe that the education system needs to change to fit different students’ learning styles. Lecture classes aren’t the most exciting or intriguing to the average right brained person, while drawing cartoons about WWII may not help a left brained person learn the material at all. In the public school system reforming in such a way to fit each student perfectly would be very difficult, so if at least teachers could incorporate activities that engage each side of the brain, or at least offer those options, learning could become a much more enjoyable experience for students. At least, it would be for me.

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  26. After taking my test i ended up being 51% left brain and 49% right brain. I am apparently a learner who enjoys verbal learning when i would much rather prefer learning in a way that lets me really get my hands dirty. my highest sub category was sequential which ties in with the verbal learning. I do enjoy algebraic and science equations so i guess being a sequential processor does fit with me in a scientifical opinion, but personally I think verbal learning is like watching grass grow. The test results also said that i solve problems by finding pieces to fit into a whole picture. Overall, pretty cool test.

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  27. I usually like taking these types of tests, because I like seeing how these standardized tests "rank" me and my personality in general. My results in the Creativity Test were that the right side of my brain was 62% and the left side was 38%. I agree with these results because I always found myself enjoying school more for the social aspect rather than learning. When Ms. Smith told us we were going to read AWNM and that it was non-fiction, I was dreading reading it because I never found non-fiction interesting. I like being able to read about unimaginable or impossible situations. However, when I started reading AWNM, I actually found it quite intriguing, although I would still choose a fiction book any day. The test also said that having too high or too low scores in any one subject is not good, because it doesn't enable one to learn as easily. I think this is important because it shows that too much of anything is bad, and it demonstrates the need for equality in the brain in order to balance one's learing abilities. One thing I found difficult during this test was not being able to ask anyone "Am I absent-minded?" I felt like that was also a test itself because in doing that, I was showing that I am, in fact, absent-minded. Although we may be able to improve on things we don't excel at, it is good that we like who we are anyways, regardless of a brain test.

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  28. I have always felt that I am a right-brainer. My heavy involvement in music for many years now has shaped my creativity into a well-sharpened knife that I can summon on-demand. This has led me to believe that I am very heavy on my right brain. I also feel that I learn things in a more intuitive manner and in unconventional ways. The results of my brain test have left me very confused. I was 53% left brain and 47% right brain. This doesn't tell me much because the numbers are so close, but I do know that creativity in the literal sense does not a strong right brain make. These categories of our processing that each side of the brain controls are unclear to me. Some things within each side are very similar, and can be applied to many other things. Personally, I think my heavy creativity that I use in playing the drums could be related to the left side of my brain. Placing notes involves thinking about note values and many other factors, involving lots of multitasking. These factors could cause the left side of my brain to take over when I play. This test has opened my eyes to the true nature of each side of the brain, and how the brain still confuses us, including me, on a daily basis. When we solve its mysteries, I believe that we will truly be masters of our own human processing.

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  29. My thoughts onbrains is that they are somplex, always-changing, and we never know all the things about them. However, from what I do no about them, there are many dualities that exsist there. For example, my most dominant trait for the left side of my brain is reality based, however, the dominant feature on my right side is fantasy based. This duality lets me as a person learn well with things I can touch or feel or see and interpret them in ways that deemed unusal. This also means that I have a harder time contemplating things that require imagination to 'see.' This means that my take on education is that there is no two ways about it and either you succeed or fail. However, this means that I think we need to be changing the system for the majority of the people, not the special exception groups.

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  30. I wasn't sure what would come from the test about which side of the brain I am more dominant on; however, according to the test i have a fairly balanced brain with a tilt towards the left of merely two percent. This means however that I am a critical thinker who values logic, but I also see characteristics in myself which follow along with the more artistic right side of the brain, so I feel my results are valid. Throughout my years of learning I have always been able to adapt to different teachers and gain what they have to give me, and I see now that this is partially caused by a minimal division of qualities to one side of the brain. Generally I just leave my brain to the learning and I comprehend without trying. This is helpful in understanding why I work that way.

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  31. After completing the brain test and reading the first few chapters of A Whole New Mind, I realized that humans still have a lot to discover about our brains and the way they work. I didn't realize that each side of our brain focuses on a different part of our comprehension in life. I learned that I use more of my right brain which means I am a creative thinker. Your right brain controls the left side of your body and lets you see the “whole picture” first. This test shows that everyone in the world either uses the right or left side of their brain more. This means that education needs to apply to both ways of thinking. Because education has changed so much and is still changing, it is difficult to decide how to get information. Personally, I am not the best when teachers talk a lot. I like visual information. Many others are the same way, yet education has not changed. The world would be better off if we balanced the education for right and left brain thinkers.

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  32. After reading chapters 1-3 on AWNM and taking the right-brain left-brain test, I have come to the conclusion that no one currently in the world knows everything about brains. There is so much more to learn about them. For my brain test, I got 52% left brian and 48% right brain. I personally learn best through visual learning and I also give directions by using my arms and hands. Symboles for me are a big part of what helps me understand things. After taking this test, it has helped me realize how I can personally do better when studying and trying to take in new information. Reading about brains interests me a lot and gets me thinking more about my future. I think about how everyone's brains are different and work in different ways which shows that specific things are not for everyone and I need to choose what's best for me and my brain, not you and your brain. Overall, gaining the information about my brain, the worlds brains has helped me understand a lot more about myself and the world.

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  33. After reading the first few chapters of A Whole New Mind and taking the Brain test online I came to the realization that the Right Brain and the Left Brain function very much in cohesion but are unevenly used depending on the task it is doing. After taking the Brain test I was 51% left brained and 49% right brained. My highest categories were linear for the left brain and concrete for the right brain, which makes sense because those two are very similar in structure even though they are on different hemispheres of the brain. They are similar since they both have to deal with things that are very real and tangible. Concrete dealing with things that are visual and linear dealing with lining that information into something you can understand. This supports what Daniel Pink illustrated in AWNM on how both of the sides of the brain need to function together and neither is inferior/superior. I think that these tests are interesting but should by no means be a basis for how you learn or understand things.

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  34. Quite frankly as I am beginning to learn more and more about brains, I am thoroughly confused. I have learned about the magic of the brain in the past too, and it is just mind boggling to think that something so little could be so powerful. My results for the 'Brain Test' were 47% left and 53% right. Those percentages show I am more artistic and free thinking, yet, I can easily recognize patterns and visualize situations. For my eduction, I feel the results show I could more easily adapt to any style of learning, even though I have my favorites. As for the world and learning styles, I think the contrast in everyone's brain capabilities shows that modern education isn't fit for everyone's specific needs.

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  35. My test results were 40% left brained and 60% right brained. I find these results interesting becauses I consider myself more artistically based. Art has impacted me my whole life, but I don't think these test results are totally true. I think that humans are not just right brained and just left brained, but that they approach different situations in different mindsets. For example, I use my logical mindset probably 85% of the time at school. I use my emotional mindset for situations outside off school. For me, I also use a artisic mindset when reading, drawing, or creating a video. Every person has different mindsets which they use in different situations.
    The brain astounds me because on one thing: memory. The memory of a human brain seems to be able to contain huge amounts of information, sights, feelings, etc. Everyday at school I have to memorize Chinese characters and how to say them, where each classroom is, facts, formulas, and paragraph length materials, etc. I find it amazing how much the human brain can do considering I am just an average human too.

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  36. After completing this brain test, many new things that have previoulsy been cloudy, have now become clear. My results displayed me as a 38% left brain thinker, and a 62% right brain thinker. This shows that though I am apparently a dominant right brain thinker, there are many aspects of my personality that show I use logical and linear thinking. After reading the beginning of A Whole New Mind, it seems that the brain outline of me may very well reflect the growing trend in many people: generations of people influenced by the information age, that are slowly entering a world dominated by a right-brained mindset. Personally, this shows that I learn in a very abstract, visual way, but I like to have a structured outline to guide myself by. With the changing tide of a new generation of right-brained thinkers, I think the educational system must now adapt, and change its ways in order to develop and flourish the new generation of people.

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  37. When taking my Right Brain vs. Left Brain creativity test, I learned that I am 57% right brain and 43% left brain. I think this is very accurate for a couple of reasons. The main reason that I agree with this is because my results told me that I arrive at answers illogically. Many times I draw conclusions quickly and without a lot of reason so I think that this is precise. Another dominant characteristic of mine is that I am nonverbal. This means that I associate events and situations with pictures to remember or understand them. This is exactly what I do a lot of the time because I find it easier to comprehend information. Through this test and from our reading, I am realizing that the brain is a miraculous tool that we are not utilizing. So much of what we are capable of is wasted without us even knowing it. I think that if students cared more about what they were learning in school, the world would advance at a much more rapid pace.

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  38. I find that brains are incredibly interesting, after receiving my results and reading A whole New Mind I realize that the brain is a completely unknown factor in our everyday lives. I never actually thought about what the brain did in our everyday lives and how both sides relate to eachother. I think that my own form of learning is more left-brained, because I understand things better when I have to take notes and then am given an example. With accordance to the book, it is a good thing that I lean more towards the right-sided thinking which will help me succeed in the business world. Being more right-brained according to the results I think that when involving my personality, I would be an interesting person to be around because I don't think completely linear. I honestly don't know how this relates to the world.

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  39. After completing the test, I found out that I am, “32% left brained and 68% right brained.” To me, these results don’t really prove anything about what kind of learner you are. I honestly doubt that a 50 question test can predict the percentages of brain uses. When thinking about my thinking, I think that I do learn more visually and I enjoy procrastinating, but I don’t think that I needed a test to help me figure this out. I do think though, that the results do make me think a little more about my brain. It also is strange how varied the results are in our class, which is interesting. It also says my most dominant character is “intuitive” yet making important decisions is one of the hardest things for me to do. Overall, this test did make me think more, but I question how accurate it is.

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  40. The brain has many complicated parts that are hard to understand. The Brain Test and A Whole New Mind delve deep into the many ways and quirks of the brain. These texts helped me to realize in more detail what each part of the brain does, and what its main function is. They are helping me to realize what type of brain I am, and why. As for my results in the brain test, I was said to be 52% left brained, and 48% right brained. I have never really thought that much about what type of brain I am, but after completing this test, I think that it is highly correct. For example, I like to do geometry and algebra, but I also like to be creative in subjects like choir and drama. Also, the test said that I am not a very verbal person. This makes sense because when I have to say something, I can get my point across quick. So, after going through this test and the beginning of A Whole New Mind, I know more in depth about my brain.

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  41. After taking the Right Brain vs Left Brain test, my scores were 31% Left Brain and 69% Right Brain. The test is true because I do not like to have verbal directions and I also use landmarks to describe a path. The only streets I know are County Line and Dry Creek, so whenever friends need to know where I live, or whenever I need to get to them, landmarks are what I use proving the more right brained feature of me. My left brained feature is rarely used, because my verbal processing is low, for if I am not paying my full attention I tend to drift off. Im thinking brains are complex, and we should learn about ourselves more to reach our full potential.

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  42. The creativity test said that I am 39% left-brained and 61% right-brained. After taking this test and reading the introduction through chapter three in A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink I am thinking that brains are very interesting. I had no idea that many left-brained jobs are being sent to India and other countries in Europe because the workers there have a better work ethic and work for less money. It surprised me that this was happening, and it made me start to think about what job I will do when I grow up. This will impact my learning because teachers stress the importance of memorizing rules or laws in Math and Science. In English and History we are told to memorize dates or a certain format to write in. This may not help me in the future because we are being taught how to be logical and more left brained. When in actuality the left brained jobs are being shipped overseas. This means in our world we need more right brained people and that is lucky for me because I am 61% right brained. However the future is daunting because we are faced with people from other countries taking our jobs and we are only left with the creative jobs. In school though we are hardly ever given the chance to be creative in many classes which is not helping us for our future. It says I am 53% holistic and that means I can process information as a whole picture and then break it down into parts. Hopefully this will help me in the job hunt when I am older but the future will keep changing and we must find a way to change with it.

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  43. The study and analysis of brains is a mysterious and strongly hypothetical field of science. Therefore, that which is concluded cannot be accepted as concrete fact. However, there may be some truth to it. In my opinion, one's inclinations towards things, such as habits and patterns of learning, are affected by the brain, but are mostly due to a higher power (though I will not get into that religious tangent now). So, one side of the brain does not dominate the other. One chooses which side pleases them more, and they rely more on that one. To me specifically, I had 55% left, 45% right. I consider this evenly matched (allowing for experimental error). I can utilize and learn from both sides. I think this is to my benefit. Why am I this way? Perhaps it is because my father is an engineer, and my mother is a historian, and inclined to be more creative. Maybe it's just being a middle child with an older brother who is strongly left brained. Who knows? What I do know, or can hypothesize, is how this will affect my later life. In the world, just as is said in A Whole New Mind, left-brainers are losing jobs to outsourcing. Mere software development and number crunching aren't going to cut it. It will take more to be successful. Human relations, thinking outside the box, and problem solving will be vital complements to left-brain work. For me, regardless of possible career options, I prefer a balanced brain (maybe because I've had mine my whole life?). It allows me to be organized and succeed in scheduling and finances. However, my right-brain characteristics also come into play, in problem solving, human interaction, and creative expression. Overall for this test, and all this left- vs. right- brain stuff in general, it is an unstable area of research. I know that I will not let this test, nor any others, to influence my life. As humans, each of us is individual. We cannot be placed into categories based on generic questions. That is what makes us unique, which is humanity's most valued aspect.

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  44. My test results showed that I am 45% left brained and 50% right brained. The right hemisphere of my brain is more dominant. Being dominantly right brained means that a person does well in the arts and being creative. These results show that I math and science are not my strongest subjects which is true. I disagree with some of the percentages the test came up with, because I feel like I am a very verbal person but that is a predominantly left brained characteristic. In education being left brained has advantages because being skilled in math and science leads to a great future, being right brained means that a person is very creative and loves to express themselves. Those who are right brained will do better in a career that involves interacting with others.

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  45. The results of my test were... untrustworthy. I was 55% right-brain, 45% right-brain. I personally feel that I am more logical than creative, linear than scattered. Maybe I have an untapped potential of creativity stored somewhere that the test warned me about. Anyways, this test made me realize that the brain is a mystery and is the most powerful force in the world. It processes so much information. Every advancement, every society, it starts with the brain. A Whole New Mind and this test made me realize how amazing the brain is.

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  46. I found myself a little shocked at my results. I figured, always, that I was a little both brained, but dominantly left. However, according to this test, I am 51% right-brained, and 49% left brained. And, when I glanced down at the results of which parts of the brain I used, I almost laughed. The only left-brained characteristic I frequently lacked was sequential thinking (Very dominant, usually for left-brainers), especially considering my most dominant result was linear thinking. But my right brain proved even more laughable. I was dominantly concrete. Okay, sure, normal, but then my next very strong characteristic proved my ability to be random(They go well together, eh?). Nonetheless, these results made me think about myself.
    In many ways, I enjoy being what I am. I am curious as to see whether or not people like this usually. But I found that I wired my brain in an odd way: Yes, I did wire this for intelligence, but I only stopped 3/4's of the way through. The last quarter, I programmed for something different. Fun? Possibly. A new type of intelligence? Also possible. Randomness provides me with odd trains of thought, which have helped me discover myself and odd things about the universe. I see things differently. But it also enables me to change my point of view fluently, and finding the odd things in life allows me to find the humor. I think that I need to find a job for both of the minds. Something creative, yet mathematically fun: Programming? Genetic engineering? Perhaps!
    But then I also considered something odd that has happened over the last two years: I developed almost incurable Writer’s Block. I just don’t know what to write about! Sometimes it’s a far too large surplus, other times, there are less ideas than air molecules in a vacuum. (I tried to think of a better metaphor, but ah, writer’s block strikes again!) And what’s odd: I have absolutely no clue what caused this: I can find nary a significant change in lifestyle that might have done so. Nothing. Perhaps the hormones are changing. Perhaps puberty is taking over. But I just cannot write fiction like I used to! I will experiment with the various right-brain exercises in AWNM to look for change.

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  47. After reading the first three chapters of A Whole New Mind and taking the brain test, I have realized that I am very prepared for this whole new world. My results we 30% to the left and 70% right brained. While reading the results I had realized that most of what the test was true. It said, “For example, through nonverbal processing, a person (me) giving directions may say, ‘Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you see a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.’” which I do quite frequently.

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  48. I have personally always been facinated by the human brain, but after begining A Whole New Mind and taking the right brain vs left brain test my interest has spiked higher than it ever has before. I find it interesting that although we are all the same species and have the same organ, it functions entirely different for each and every human. The complexity is so miraculous, and I doubt that there will ever be a way of finding all the mysteries of the brain. It works different everyday and its capabilities seem limitless. The test has made me realize a few things that help me succeed in my education. My result showed that I am 51% Right Brained, and 49% Left Brained. My highest category for being right brained was Fantasy-oriented processing, which I agree with because it stated that I don't deal well with change, which I don't, and also that I am very creative. Ever since I was a kid I have loved anything to do with art, but hated it in middle school because of how restricted I felt. However, my results between the categories were fairly close, and that too is understandable because I particularly like math and science and solving problems that have concrete answers. The results of the test make me hopeful for the future since we are headed into the Conceptual Age, which is predicted to be dominated by right brain thinking. I may not be totally right brained but knowing that it is slightly more dominant leaves me with sense of security and hope for the future.

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  49. After I finished the Creativity Test my results were 58% left brain and 42% right brain. The results were very interesting and had some similarities to my personality. I thought it was interesting how close the two sides for my brain are. Even in the individual categories the two sides of my brain are almost the same. I feel that this is really helpful in the learning world. I can learn both with my left and right brain no matter who the teacher is and how they teach. Compared to A Whole New Mind, this test is saying the same thing. Both the left side and the right side of the brain are important to function and both sides pull their weight.

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  50. My results from the Right Brained vs. Left Brained test showed that I am 53% left brained and 47% right brained. This shows that I am pretty even and show an “average” brain. Being slightly more left brained than right makes logical sense to me because I learn and specifically take tests in a linear, yet out of order manner. When I am taking a test, particularly a bubble test, I always answer the first three or so questions in chronological order and then skip to the end of the test to work backwards. I have also learned from young age that l learn most efficiently in a visual way. In the future, I think my life will be changed by my mental orientation by not being able to achieve as high of a career as a total right brained person. According to Daniel Pink, the world will be created by the right brainers and produced by everyone else. The future will be slightly harder for me than a right brainer, but through hard work and persistence, I can achieve just as much or even more than everyone else.

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  51. After completeing the brain test and reading a portion of A Whole New Mind, I have gained a new understanding of brains and the way they work. Before I didnt know that both sides of the brain had different resposabilities, and now I understand that they both help to perform different tasks. After taking the brain test I learned that I was 40% left brained and 60% right brained. Althugh this didn't surprise me, it helpd me to understand how I learn. For example, when I do math I have to draw out the problem before I solve it. This is because I am a visual learner. I think this test can halp me to adjust to my specific learning style and to do things that will help me learn the most. I think that AWNM and this test can help people to understand that everybody learns in different ways and that classrooms and teaching styles need to be adapted to beneffit all types of learners. In relation to the world, this book and the brain test can help people to understand eachother more and be more patient and accepting of people with different styles of learning.

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  52. After reading a bit of AWNM and taking this test on brains I am finding myself asking more questions about how the brain works. It boggles me that the lumpy gray and pink matter inside my skull actually controls almost everything I do. The test told me that I am fairly balanced at 46% left brained and 54% right brained. This seems accurate because I am driven by vision and thinking about things creatively. I am definitely a verbal person because I talk. A lot. This relates to my love for debating a topic I think another person is wrong about and then being right. I do like to draw and use pictures, and my inventive side, to get a point across, which was something the test said I didn’t like. The analysis says I rely on my gut feeling and I would disagree with that and say that I am more logical with day-to-day life decisions. I do, however, like things to be based in reality, even if they are made up. I am also random, and apparently, concrete, at the same time. Being a right brainer, I like to give directions using both a mix of locations (Turn left at Panera) and technical terms (then turn right on Glencoe Ave). In some cases I am good with symbolic things, at other times I wish that the answer was right there and I could move one (Mrs. Cornils…Cough Cough). The results on the way I learn I think I already knew, liking group work, having set guidelines but still being able to be innovative with it. I think these results showed the spontaneity in my life, that I am able to be creative and liner, and that I have a future career as a forest ranger.

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  53. The test’s results where that I am 42% left brain and 58% right brain. These percentages seem right to me because I usually do not do things in order and I can be very random. But when it came to the further break down of each category I was surprised by some things the test stated, granted this test is not 100% accurate.
    The further break down of the results stated that I usually “draw out” math problems before I complete them. It also depicted that when giving directions I will point or lean and call out things like “near McDonalds” or “by that tree”. This is all true in my day to day life. I never use street names and also say “over there by the ____”. I also do not figure things out in the correct order; I will jump from step to step and fill in things on the way.
    Even though, I related too many of the subjects the test brought up, I felt as if the test had the percentages of how these where relevant wrong. I would relate to different subjects more than the test said I “should or could”. For the most part I do believe I am mostly right brain. My un-sequential thinking plays a big part in that.

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  54. After reading the beginning of A Whole New Mind and completing the online survey regarding the strength of my right brain verses my left brain, my mind is overwhelmed with all the new information it is collecting about itself. My survey showed that I am 69% right-brained and 31% left-brained. Though these numbers may not be precise, they do accurately display what I already know about myself; my left brain dominates control of my actions. Realizing the importance of being able to use one’s right brain has made me grateful for the turn my education has taken this year. In Biology, we are exploring and completing our own learning, instead of listening to lectures. History has forced us to grasp the big picture (see the larger idea), and make connections between dozens of seemingly unrelated events and materials. In English, we have tackled several open-ended projects that require extreme creativity and the development of presentations that teach in engaging and entertaining ways. The course the world currently appears to be taking requires people to possess a strong right and left brain, and for me this means that I must continue to constantly build my right brain and increase my ability to think outside of my comfort zone. If I want to be able to succeed in this changing world, I must strive to balance out the capabilities of both sides of my brain.

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  55. The brain test and A Whole New Mind just started making me think about my brain. Quite honestly, I had never really paid much attention to my brain, and never thought it was quite this complex and diverse. These two resources have shown me that I should probably master aspects on both sides in order to be as successful as possible in the future. My test results were that I am 54% right brained and 46% left brained, so according to the Art Institute of Vancouver my brain function is pretty balanced. Regardless of how accurate these results are I feel as though I personally need to evaluate what I need to improve on both sides of the brain in order to optimize my success. For example, in symbolism I am a 0% according to the brain test, so I am pretty sure I need more work in this. School it seems is very focused on the left brain approach, and probably needs to shift a little bit to the right to give the students the best chance of success. Most my classes are centered around memorizing facts and regurgitating them on a test, but the application and extension of these facts simply is not there. I feel as though our society will not shift away as drastically from the left brained lifestyle as we did with agricultural and factory jobs, but as Daniel Pink points out there is a shift toward right brained thinking. It is still in question whether or not the next generation of Americans will be ready for this shift because if our school is like most around us, then there will still be a lot of left brained thinking coming from this generation. I feel as though I personally need to keep up the left brained thinking, but also embrace the right brained thinking to really succeed.

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  56. According to this test, I am right-brained. I had known this for a while before this test, but it was still interesting to have it confirmed. However, there is one part of this test that I found to not be credible. It has been argued, and theoretically proven, that humans only use 10% of our total brain capacity, yet this test is trying to categorize 100% of our brains. As it turns out, I am 60% right brained, and 40% left brained. But is that 40% and 60% only the relative percentage of the 10% of my brain that I actually use? So is this test really saying that I use my right brain 6% of the time, and use my left brain 4% of the time? That brings me to the question of: what could we as humans do if we could use our complete brain capacity? Could we fly? Could we use telekenesis to move objects with our minds? Could we do something that is far better, albeit more dangerous? It seems to be a topic discussed occasionally in the media, most recently with the movie, "Limitless." The movie demonstrates what could happen if a person had the capability to use their full brain. Perhaps these possibilities are best left untapped and unresearched. It begs the question, given the chance, could we as humans play God?

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  57. After my brain test and some of the reading,  I realize I actually have no idea about the brain or about how it works.  I think of myself as more left brain but I was actually pretty close on the scale with a 53% left brained side and a 47% right brained side.  I am actually interested now because not too long ago I participated in a personality test, which was similar to this test in terms of questions, and it was very accurate so this test is probably an accurate perception on how the brain thinks also. I found out after the test that I am more of a concrete learner which means I usually have to see things to  understand them, and looking back on it, I think that may be true which is probably why I am better at geometry and sciences than English and History.  I am wondering if it is better to be almost even with left brain vs right brain or if it would be better to have a much larger percentage on one side or the other. The test said it is “desirable” to have a higher score (such as mine) on both so that you are able to see both sides.  On my left brain, the test said my most dominant characteristic is linear and my least is reality-based.  Basically, I have a lot of linear thinking which is almost the opposite of concrete.  I don’t understand how that could be because they are almost equal which makes me question the validity of the entire test.  I also am not too sure about my reality-based score because in my opinion, I am not very creative which is the opposite of the results. Even though it might not be entirely accurate, I still think it’s a good test to take.

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  58. After completing the brain test and reading the first section of A Whole New Mind, I have really come to appreciate the brain (whereas I did not so much before). I think it is so amazing how the brain functions, with two “halves” that have individual strengths and responsibilities, that act so connected as a whole. I think the brain will never fully be comprehensible, because of the fact that every brain is so different, and grows and changes with the person. It is fascinating that each person thinks uniquely, with entirely different motives and methods.
    It has enlightened me a lot about how my personal brain works, and how I should use that information to be more effective when learning. From the test results, I was 44% left brained, and 56% right brained. That really makes a lot of sense to me. I love to be creative, and I express myself better that way. I also know that I am also very organized and I work very sequentially. I feel that I am probably a little more right-brained than shown, but it is interesting how close the two percentages are. I really do use both sides of my brain quite a bit. It showed me that I tend to be sequential and concrete, but am low on randomness and verbal. That really rings true to me, because if I only hear someone say something, I usually do not remember it as well as if I see something on a paper or actually do it myself. The website explained that concrete thinking is, “a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works”. It also predicted, “You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist”. These both very well ring true to me, because although I love math (which is ironically more left-brained), but it always frustrates me when the teacher just tells us how to get the answer through some complicated formula, because I want to know WHY it works. I love music, and I mainly express my feelings through music or writing in a journal. The only careers that really sound appealing to me would be some type of designer, music teacher or artist. I love athletics too.
    I see a connection between right-brained and left-brained thinking to the various learning styles. I, for example, am definitely not an auditory learner, but rather visual and textual. I think that connects very much to the brain and which side is more dominant. I feel that in the educational world, left-brained thinking is very dominantly used. I think that is unfair to more creative people. People who enjoy art or sports more do not have as much of a chance to shine, whereas the left-brainers who excel in that get more praise. It is not fair when the methods used are not their dominant ones. The people with left-brained mentality have that advantage, and it is not that one type is smarter; they are simply smart in a different ways. I think that demotivates and discourages dominant right-brained thinkers. It is also hard for teachers to cover all the bases of learning styles. When some kids learn by audio, and others learn visually, and yet others learn textually, it is hard to teach in a way that would be advantageous to all types of learning.

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  60. The brain is much more complex than I thought. Even though I knew it controls us, I never really thought that...I am my brain. I learned that our thinking really characterizes us as a person and shows different people are. Even though I have only read part of Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind, I am fascinated to find out how different people learn based on their right-brained or left-brained thinking. After taking the left-brained right-brained results, I was 49% left brained and 51% right-brained. Since my results are very balanced, it allows me to be versatile in my thinking. The test results show that the category I use most is random processing, which I use when I’m desperate for an answer. However, I don’t completely agree with this, when I solve problems I like to use sequential processing; I can be very logical and follow problems and tasks step by step. But, I also think that I do have a tendency to think outside the box, which is a good trait for the future. In education today, it seems that we’re slowing shifting to more right-sided thinking; such as in English this year, all of the assignments were original and it has been a different learning experience than a normal class. I personally enjoy this change; English has been the most active class to be in (in an educational way). Like Ms. Smith said in the beginning of the year, “How many classes will you get to be in with laptops and rolly chairs every day?” Since I want to be a physician, which uses a lot of analytical left-brained thinking, but it also uses creative, out-of-the box right-brained thinking too, such as in creating new treatments. In the world today, technology is changing so quickly that it’s nice to see a shift. In the future, people like Mark Zuckerburg - the creator of Facebook – will continue to find wealth as technology will continue to change how the world operates.

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  61. After completing the brain test, I believe that it is very interesting how to parts of the brain that are meant to work together focus on two very different aspects. The left brain is the more logical side, while the right side is the more creative side. The test results showed that I am 36% left brained and 64% right brained. I have always known that I was a right brain because of dance, However, after reading what my brain is like in detail, I realized that not everything they said was correct. For example, they said that I have issues with sequential things, so I might have problems with spelling. However, spelling and vocabulary has always been one of my strong subjects that I excelled in. They also said that I don't have to draw things out in order to process them, but many times I have depended on a visual in order to understand what the subject is. However, many sections of this test are true. They said that I was nonverbal and more of the visual type, which is indeed true about myself. Also, the test said that I most likely hated algebra, which is really true about myself. I am glad to be a right brain, because as Daniel Pink said, creativity is emerging in our workforce. People now want design and not function as much. For my right brain nature, I believe I can live up to this standard.

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  62. My results showed that I am more Left-Brained than Right. As I looked at my own results and saw the results of others I realized how different each person’s individual brain was. Knowing the importance and significance of both hemispheres of the brain just begs for a change in the future. In education, educators and students need to be working together and using both sides of the student’s brains. The way teachers teach and the way students learn needs to make a drastic change, so that everyone can learn effectively and be better prepared for the future that Pink believes will be ruled by Right- Brainers. This relates to the world in so many different ways. As the future generations enter into what Pink believes is the Conceptual Age learners need to be able to adjust and respond. By increasing understanding of the right hemisphere of the brain the future will flourish. With jobs becoming wither outsourced to countries such as Asia or computers becoming more and more able to do jobs more effectively, the right-brainers become the hope for the future. As Pink demonstrates in his book, A Whole New Mind, humans and Americans more specifically need to enhance right brain skills in order to provide themselves with a job that not only some overseas could not do better and cheaper, but also that a computer could not do faster. The key to success in the future is knowing and enhancing on the right side of the brain.

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  63. After completing the brain test, I got a 42%-58% (Left-Right) results. Until I found that I was able to make great drawings and run well in track, I never really thought of myself as an artistic/R-Directed person, I was just a good reader and able to solve math problems quickly, pretty left-brained if you ask me. Just goes to show that as people change, their way of thinking does too. I saw a lot of people who had extreme sides (ex: 30:70), and others who had an almost perfect split (49:51). I turned out to be 59% symbolic, so I need to make sure my connections in school aren’t too over the top. My other top characteristic is that I’m 46% concrete-based, so I should probably put more effort into understanding things without actual demonstrations so that it doesn’t get in the way. I believe this has taught me a lot about my own learning style, and I’ll look back on this for help in the future. I’m thinking brains are a very variable, and unique, just like everyone in the world is. If we all use our different strengths and weaknesses, we can get very far in life, more than a single person could do by themselves. But if we choose not to, and let our differences get in the way, then life will become very difficult for all of us. I’ve taken this to heart, and this should give me a better idea of what kinds of things I should try to pursue, a job, hobbies, and just about anything in general.

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  64. In the “Right Brain vs. Left Brain Creativity Test” I got the result of 39% left brained, and 61% right brained. I think this is an accurate result because I enjoy drawing, listening to music, reading fiction etc. which could be described as more creative and artsy things to do. I am left-handed, so it makes sense since the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In my right brain percentages, the test calculated holistic as my most dominant characteristic. Holistic is the theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts. This makes sense to me because I tend to look at the big picture the most. This test to me supported the hypothesis that I had about my brain. However, I don’t think a person can be completely one or the other, or that a computer can completely accurately predict which side of my brain is dominant.

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  65. After taking the brain test, my result was 52% left brained and 48% right brained. The results surprised me, as I have always considered myself slightly more right brained. I could never truly call myself right or left brained, as I thought I fit into neither of the categories. I associated drawing, creativity, and musical talent. I do not do very well at any of those. When I heard left brained, it made me think of math, science, and logical thinking. I did not think I was particularly good at any of the typical left brained characteristics. I am not surprised by the percentages, an equal split is how I would describe myself. My top left brained characteristics are linear, 58%, and verbal, 40%. People with a high linear characteristic have a strong ability to put together details to form a whole in a logical way. Verbal processing is the ability to express thoughts with words. When giving directions, verbal people often use exact details and visuals. My top right brained characteristics are Intuitive, 39%, and concrete, 37%. According to the test, I go with my gut instinct when processing information. I also process information easier by seeing or touching. I often need to know the reason why, and have to visualize something to understand it. After reading A Whole New Mind, I have realized that the brain is extremely complicated, and people cannot be defined as right or left brained. The right and left brain must exist together. One person will always be left brained and right brained.

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