R-Brain vs L-Brain

Right-brain characteristics include creativity, the ability to see patterns, spatial awareness, and the understanding of how things relate to one another in different contexts.You may find that individuals with this brain dominance are good at recognizing faces , places, and objects (Sousa, 1995, p. 88). These individuals seem to "have a knack for":
  • "Out-of-the-box" thinking
  • Art, including the ability to draw, paint, sculpt, etc.
  • Imaginative thinking
  • Music, including the ability to play instruments with ease or to recognize a song melody and play it back upon "hearing it"
Keep in mind that "right-brained" individuals may exhibit one or several of these traits.

Left-brain characteristics include a gift for language, analytical skills, and mathematical concepts such as time and sequence. You may find that individuals with this brain dominance are good with letters, numbers, and words (Sousa, 1995, p. 88). These individuals seem to "have a knack for":
  • Language skills including reading, writing, and speaking
  • Math
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Science
Keep in mind that "left-brained" individuals may exhibit one or several of these traits.

As one may have probably already guessed, those with dominance in the right brain may be more naturally creative.

It's easy to assume this because for one, right-brained thinkers are less common than left, so it seems as though one would be seeing the world differently from everyone else.

Also, the natural heightened visual nature and curiosity tend to make the mind never stop thinking of the alternative — as well as how it can be applied visually.

Those with a dominant left brain are far more common, and far more analytical. They may feel at disadvantage for not having that 'natural' creativity. Realistically, though, left-brained people can be just as creative; they just come about it in a different way.

To better understand the artistic nature of both sides, let's take a look at a few examples of artwork.
  1. Abstraction = Right Brain
    Right brained people may lean more towards abstract art, because of its lack of order and disorganization. Abstraction also gives no boundaries, so it can be considered more 'outside-the-box', or creative.

    Abstract art is also known to portray emotion, even with no hard visual evidence. A right brained person may more easily be able to pick up on an abstract piece's deeper meaning.

  2. Orderly Art = Left Brain
    In contrast to abstraction, left brained people may be more attracted to a more 'orderly' form of art — either photo-realistic, or otherwise. As long as it is artwork with guidelines, form, and sense, it works.