left brained/right brained

23 Jun 2005 - 12:00pm
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Wendy Fischer
2004

Now that I'm thinking about the left brain and the right brain as it pertains to design:

Below is the

Left Brain
Right BrainLogical
Sequential
Rational
Analytical
Objective
Looks at parts Random
Intuitive
Holistic
Synthesizing
Subjective
Looks at wholes

Is there a correlation between being left handed/right brained or vise versa. How would people consider themselves and on what end of the spectrum would they consider themselves as a designer?

-Wendy

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23 Jun 2005 - 12:06pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

hmm...that didn't format correctly...

Left Brain
Logical
Rational
Analytical
Objective
Looks at parts
Sequential

Right Brain
Holistic
Synthesizing
Subjective
Random
Intuitive
Looks at wholes

Wendy Fischer <erpdesigner at yahoo.com> wrote:
[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

Now that I'm thinking about the left brain and the right brain as it pertains to design:

Below is the

Left Brain
Right BrainLogical
Sequential
Rational
Analytical
Objective
Looks at parts Random
Intuitive
Holistic
Synthesizing
Subjective
Looks at wholes

Is there a correlation between being left handed/right brained or vise versa. How would people consider themselves and on what end of the spectrum would they consider themselves as a designer?

-Wendy
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23 Jun 2005 - 1:16pm
FelcanSmith, Mark
2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendy Fischer
>
> Is there a correlation between being left handed/right
> brained or vise versa.

Some say that only a left-handed person is in their right mind! ;)

23 Jun 2005 - 1:50pm
Juan Lanus
2005

> > From: Wendy Fischer
> > Is there a correlation between being left handed/right
> > brained or vise versa.
Not very sure ...
I recall having heard don't know where or when that left handeds have
the right-side of their brain on the left.
Can somebody can confirm or deny this?
--
Juan Lanus

23 Jun 2005 - 2:26pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

I've heard this theory. I think it's called reverse brained....

I looked this up on the web and it said that quite a few artists are left handed and right brained (davinci for instance).However, there is no correlation to be found between handedness and brainedness..

Left handers account for 10-15% of the population.

There several theories around why there are left handers:

1) Genetics
2) Birth Stress
3) Brain Damage

However, there has been historically a repression of left-handers due to the fact that being left handed was considered to be a sign of evil in many culture. Many children have been forced to learn to use their right hand to do things (writing for instance) as opposed to using their left hand, so the true percentage of left handers is really unknown due to this factor. Left handedness is found to increase as an age group gets lower, potentially due to the fact that many older people were suppressed from using their left hand in their childhood. Also, many left handers are ambidextrous and use both their right and left hands.

I will admit that I am left handed but I am somewhere in between on the brainedness. The designers think I'm left brained and the engineers/pm's think I'm right brained. After reading about it and thinking about it, there is probably not a correlation.

-Wendy

Juan Lanus <juan.lanus at gmail.com> wrote:
> > From: Wendy Fischer
> > Is there a correlation between being left handed/right
> > brained or vise versa.
Not very sure ...
I recall having heard don't know where or when that left handeds have
the right-side of their brain on the left.
Can somebody can confirm or deny this?
--
Juan Lanus

23 Jun 2005 - 2:29pm
Eugene Chen
2004

I something think of the various ID activities as either Analytic Design or
Synthetic Design, which are deeply interwoven. Analytic Design would include
needs analysis, strategic planning, usability evaluation (or any kind of
evaluation). Synthetic Design would include making artifacts: screens,
icons, sounds, systems.

You need both parts. Even in painting, you need to stop (often) and look at
the painting, then decide to make the next move.

Ultimately though, I think it is the synthesis, the actual making of
something, that is the real secret mojo. But this rests and depends so
squarely on the analysis, it is hard to see as separate. Nonetheless, I
think you need a certain amount of the subjective, intuitive insight.
Designs that are based too much or solely on analysis lack a certain heart,
despite being measurably "effective". (think design by committee).

Making something like an IA diagram is an example of a point where two
halves ideally come together. If it is just a set of boxes that is not much
more than a list of stuff, then it is mostly analytic (left brained).
Ideally, though the diagram represents simultaneously a kind of holistic
organization -- a composition.

- Eugene

Eugene Chen
User Experience | Design, Strategy, and Usability

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendy Fischer [mailto:erpdesigner at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:06 AM
> To: Wendy Fischer; discuss at ixdg.org
> Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] left brained/right brained
>
> hmm...that didn't format correctly...
>
> Left Brain
> Logical
> Rational
> Analytical
> Objective
> Looks at parts
> Sequential
>
>
> Right Brain
> Holistic
> Synthesizing
> Subjective
> Random
> Intuitive
> Looks at wholes
>

23 Jun 2005 - 3:16pm
Juan Lanus
2005

yes, Eugene!

We all need both (try to live without half of your brain!) :-)

Now seriously.
Our civilisation (I'm in the European influence area) has tended to
deny the right half fostering a rational, positivistic, scientific
approach.
All the education programmes everywhere in out area are tinted with
this wiew: "if we can't measure it then it doesn't exist" and the
like.
This approach fails when any "paranormal" thing happens. Despite all
the people burned a few centuries ago, and Galileo, and ...

A few years ago Edward De Bono wrote about what he calls "Lateral thinking".
In his first (best selling, I beleive) book he assets that ANY
achievement is achieved by first grokking it intuitively, and after
and only after by reasoning it. For example a mathematical theorem.
De Bono says that we are taught to do it by pure reason and that this
is not so. The initial spark has to happen, always.
Albert Einstein (and many other achievers, I beleive) said that
achevements are made of 1 percent of genious and 99 percent of
wardwork, which to me is the same De Bono postulated.

It's important to realize that this positivistic rationalism is a
characteristic of the civilization started in Greece, copied by the
Romans and absorbed by the Barbarians that finally invaded America.
Instead the people from what we call Orient tend to be more on the
other side. I ignore a lot about them, maybe somebody can shed some
information ...
The oriental way of thinking it at our roots. Both Christians and Jews
have the Bible as a basic cultural (at least, for those who don't
Beleive) cornerstone. This book, and the Christian followup, do not
communicate concreta measured facts besides Mathusalen's age but
instead communicate ideas in a slack manner which I think it's more
valuable.
Not the facts like those a policeman or a judge will file, but
generalised ideas.

It's like our ol' planet Earth has a right and a left side, isn't it?

Back to our jobs, I think that once you start drawing the diagram
Eugene mentioned, it's drafted in your head and you are only pulling
it out.

Well that's enough or else nobody will reach to tis point.
Only one more thing: what I dislike is to pose the interaction between
the halves as a conflict, it is and it must be collaborative. }
What would happen to an individual with the halves in severe conflict?
The ayilum, by sure.
--
Juan Lanus
TECNOSOL
Argentina

24 Jun 2005 - 1:13am
Suresh JV
2004

Hi,

more about brains here. [both the parts...]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/index_surveys.shtml

Regards,
Suresh JV.

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>
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> hmm...that didn't format correctly...
>
> Left Brain
> Logical
> Rational
> Analytical
> Objective
> Looks at parts
> Sequential
>
>
> Right Brain
> Holistic
> Synthesizing
> Subjective
> Random
> Intuitive
> Looks at wholes
>
> Wendy Fischer <erpdesigner at yahoo.com> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Now that I'm thinking about the left brain and the right brain as
> it pertains to design:
>
> Below is the
>
> Left Brain
> Right BrainLogical
> Sequential
> Rational
> Analytical
> Objective
> Looks at parts Random
> Intuitive
> Holistic
> Synthesizing
> Subjective
> Looks at wholes
>
> Is there a correlation between being left handed/right brained or
> vise versa. How would people consider themselves and on what end
> of the spectrum would they consider themselves as a designer?
>
> -Wendy
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24 Jun 2005 - 5:46am
Pierre Abel
2004

Wendy Fischer wrote:

>
>I will admit that I am left handed but I am somewhere in between on the brainedness. The designers think I'm left brained and the engineers/pm's think I'm right brained. After reading about it and thinking about it, there is probably not a correlation.
>
>
>
Funny it's the opposite situation for me: engineers think I'm left
brained and designers think I'm right brained...As you may imagine, it
is a little annoying sometimes...I feel I have to work hard my
communications skills (note that I am left handed for writing but right
handed for playing tennis,.that comes perhaps from this.. did you
mentioned brain damage ;-) )

Pierre

24 Jun 2005 - 11:49am
Juan Lanus
2005

> Wendy Fischer wrote:
> I will "admit" that I am left handed ...
Do you have to? Is it something hard to admit? :-)
Into my spare knowledge of English the phrase sounds like sound like
something hard to admit.

I admit that I use both. When I started with Windows (before it was
UNIX, and before ...) I started to have trouble in my right arm -the
right one ;-) - so I started playing FreeCell with the wrong hand.
Now several years later I can drive the mouse with both hands and, as
a bonus, I can perform some other tasks.

As of the brain I had to choose between the computers and the
protography. It was a hard decision. I should have taken the photo way
... :-)
Just kidding, I love not computers but systems. As I started so many
years ago, then hardware was a given and one had to do the rest.
Computer machinery is boring after several hardware generations.
Wanna see me with my first love? Click here:
http://ar.geocities.com/juanmlanus/JML_1620_01.jpg

Saludos
--
Juan Lanus

24 Jun 2005 - 11:51am
Vassili Bykov
2005

Pierre Abel wrote:
> Funny it's the opposite situation for me: engineers think I'm left
> brained and designers think I'm right brained...

That's an interesting observation, because there is such a thing as
fundamental attribution error (tendency to explain behavior by
personality traits rather than by context and adaptation to it), and I
suspect this can be a be a factor when people classify themselves and
others into left- and right-brained. You act and communicate as a left
brain thinker with engineers and as a right brain thinker with designers.

--Vassili

24 Jun 2005 - 2:54pm
liyazheng
2005

I don't think the right/left handedness have too much to do with it. In some
cultures like in China (where I partly grew up), parents force their
children to learn to use their right hand with writing and using chopsticks
(hee), even if they're natural leftees. Using your left hand was not
acceptable.

I also grew up in an environment where I was forced to study math,
programming, science and the sort starting from 7th grade (constant
bootcamp). I somehow managed to do really well in those subjects while being
forced to do them, but never had a passion for them. Today, I can only
describe myself with the qualities in the right brain list, even if I was
constantly beaten into changing my mind to think the left brain way, my
personality put up a constant battle against what the environment was
forcing on it. It feels as if learning to be a left brainer was just for
survival. One thing did stick, I dominantly right handed, but have few left
brianer qualities....

I wonder which one wins when put up in a battle: innate abilities or
environmental conditioning?

Left Brain
Logical
Rational
Analytical
Objective
Looks at parts
Sequential

Right Brain
Holistic
Synthesizing
Subjective
Random
Intuitive
Looks at wholes

> Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 15:50:27 -0300
> From: Juan Lanus < juan.lanus at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] left brained/right brained
> To: "FelcanSmith, Mark" <mfelc at allstate.com>
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> > > From: Wendy Fischer
> > > Is there a correlation between being left handed/right
> > > brained or vise versa.
> Not very sure ...
> I recall having heard don't know where or when that left handeds have
> the right-side of their brain on the left.
> Can somebody can confirm or deny this?
> --
> Juan Lanus
>
>
>
>

24 Jun 2005 - 3:00pm
Juan Lanus
2005

On 6/24/05, liya zheng <liya.zheng at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder which one wins when put up in a battle: innate abilities or
> environmental conditioning?
Somehow they merge, isnt it?
And something valuable arises.

The intelligence is defined by evolutionists as capacity to adapt, IMO
this is the case.
Those who didn't have to adapt never stretched the muscle.
--
Juan

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