Have you ever been called a “brain”? If you get good grades, then chances are you probably have. Many people associate the brain with intelligence, which makes sense since that’s where our body stores facts and memories.

But your brain is so much more than a place to store information. It’s also the center of your emotions. Plus, it controls much of your body’s functions without your even realizing it.

Your brain is divided into two halves called hemispheres. Many people believe that these different sides of the brain — the left and the right — control different ways of thinking. Many people also believe that each person uses one side of the brain more than the other.

For example, left-brain thinkers are believed to be logical, rational, analytical, and objective. They analyze the parts of things to learn how they logically and accurately fit together. They’re supposedly better at things like language, math, reasoning, and critical thinking.

Right-brain thinkers, on the other hand (or other brain!), are believed to be more random, subjective, and intuitive. They look at the whole before them and focus on feelings and creativity. They’re supposedly better at things like music, art, and expressing emotion.

Does one of these types of thinking seem to apply to you? Are you a left-brained, logical mathematician? Or are you a right-brained, free-thinking artist? Of course, you could be both. Some people believe that there are people who are whole-brained, which means that they use both sides equally.

These theories about left- and right-brain thinking developed from the work of Roger W. Sperry, who studied the brain to learn how epilepsy works. Sperry noticed that cutting the structure that connects the two halves of the brain — called the corpus collosum — could reduce or eliminate seizures.

Cutting this structure also caused other unique effects that led Sperry to believe that the different halves of the brain controlled different functions. Later research has found that the brain might not be as divided as Sperry thought. For example, researchers have found that mathematical ability is strongest when both halves of the brain work together.

While there may be differences between how the two halves of the brain work, most functions exist in both halves of the brain and can benefit from both halves of the brain working together. You can put this to use in your daily life. While it might be good to approach something logically, it’s also beneficial to take a creative approach to problems, too!

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  1. Thoughts: I thought this video was really cool because we learned a lot of facts about the brain and how it works. (Maria) This video made me think of the phone commericials that I see on TV. (Jaaron) I think the video taught us new things about the brain. (Isaiah)

    Connections: This reminds me of when my grandma helps me with my homework. I think she is left brained. (Gabrielle) This reminds me of a book I read about the human brain. (Kathy) This video reminds me of the “How to Make a Monster?” video where the little kid gives the monster a brain. (Cristian)

    Predictions: Do you play finger football? (Jaaron) How do you make a bulls-eye? (Maria) Why do you hit the mark? (Joe) Why do they call it an asteroid? (Andrew) Are there “perfect” spots on the body that hit the mark when getting a massage? (Briahna) What does the phrase “make your mark” mean? (Brandon)

    • Good morning, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess’ Class, including Maria, Jaaron, Isaiah, Gabrielle, Kathy, Cristian, Joe, Andrew, Briahna and Brandon! You are all doing a WONDERful job of using your imaginations today! WOHOO!

      We are so glad you learned something new with us, and you connected today’s brain Wonder to the other things you’ve learned at Wonderopolis! VERY COOL! We look forward to WONDERing with you tomorrow… and we hope it’s right on target! :)

  2. We think it is interesting that our brain can make us do things, like breath, without us even thinking about it.

    We think tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about being correct.

    • We agree, Ms. Bayko’s Class! Our brain is an amazing thing– it can do so much without us even realizing it! We Wonder if any of our Wonder Friends in class are more right-brained or more left-brained?

      We look forward to WONDERing with you tomorrow- thank you for sharing your spot-on guess! :)

  3. Hey wonderopolis I really like you video today wonderopolis I have no clue what tomorrow’s is going to be have a nice day Wonderopolis!!

    • We hope you’re having a WONDERful Wednesday, Jenna! Thanks for sharing your comment with us… we learned so much today! Tomorrow’s Wonder is sure to hit the spot– we hope to see you again! :)

    • Thanks for telling us how much you enjoyed today’s Wonder, Jayden! That’s great news!

      Some of us here at Wonderopolis are right-brained… we really enjoy art and music! Others are more left-brained… we are great at solving puzzles and thinking through a process! However, we have some Wonder Friends who are equally right- and left-brained… they are great at using both sides of their brains!

      We Wonder if you are more left- or right-brained, Jayden? Thanks for visiting us today! :)

  4. Our class loved the article – it was very interesting! We thought the video had too many scientific words that were difficult to understand. The music kept our attention, though!

    • That’s SUPER news, Ms. Fischer’s ELA Class! We are proud of you for thinking about the Wonder video– perhaps you have learned some new vocabulary words today! We know that scientific words can be confusing at times, but we are glad you learned something new with us, Wonder Friends! We hope you’re having a WONDERful Wednesday! :)

    • WOW, we’re so proud of you for WONDERing even more about the brain, Lexi! We know that the brain needs oxygen to keep working, which is why it’s important that we maintain a healthy lifestyle. This way, our organs and muscles can work together to keep our body up and running! We bet you can continue to do some research of your own about how much information the brain can hold! We hope you have a SUPER day on this WONDERful Wednesday, Lexi! :)

  5. wonderopolis

    That would be the strangest question I have ever heard!
    I think I am a right brain. Because I am very random.

    -Colin-

    • We’re so glad you have been thinking about this Wonder and how it applies to you, Colin! It sounds like you are creative, too! Thanks for sharing your comment with us! :)

  6. Hi I loved the video and the music I think brains are cool and it’s wierd that zombies like brains. Can I nominate a wonder about zombies?

    • Hey there, Ashton, we are glad you’re thinking of Wonders of your own! We Wonder if you are reading a book about zombies? We are glad today’s brain Wonder made you think! We Wonder if you are right or left brained, Ashton? :)

  7. I guess I am working with the right side of my brain because I write with that hand and I have a question: if you only had the right side of your brain and you where left handed what would happen to the left side of you body?

  8. Dear wonderopolis

    The music was pretty cool and I think brains are gooey and creepy and I think I’m left brained and I want a zombie wonder too.

  9. I looked at the coment you left and I’m a public junior. Well I’m a right brain because I don’t really like math. The video does not work. :(

    from Jayden L.

    :P

    • Alright, very cool, Jayden! We’re so glad you have been WONDERing about the brain with us! We’re sorry to hear that the Wonder video isn’t working for you today– perhaps you can watch it later when you go home or go to the library? We bet you’ll enjoy one of our art Wonders… many right-brained Wonder Friends are interested in art: http://wonderopolis.org/category/art/ :)

  10. Dear wonderopolis,

    I thought today’s wonder was a little bit boring and I don’t know what tommorow’s wonder will be about. My friends and I would like some more fun wonders. I am whole brained.

  11. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I thought today’s wonder of the day was not the best one. I think I am whole brained. My friends and I would like more fun wonders. I don’t know what tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about.

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends Maddy and Karsen! It looks like you two are on the same page today! We are sorry to hear that this Wonder isn’t one of your favorites, but we are glad to know you learned something new about your own brains! We hope to see you tomorrow… the next Wonder will really hit the spot! :)

  12. Dear wonderopolis,

    I think today’s video was really cool. I also liked the music. My opinion is brains are gross.

    Bye wonderopolis see you tommorow.

    • Thanks for telling us about your favorite part of today’s Wonder, Ashton! We are glad our brains are protected by our skulls… we don’t think we’d like to see our brain every day in the mirror! :)

    • Thanks for telling us about your favorite part of today’s Wonder, Nick! We hope you learned something new about the brain– and we’re glad you could identify with one side! We Wonder if you are a fan of math and science? Some left-brained Wonder Friends are! :)

  13. I think today’s wonder was kind of boring. My friends and I would like more fun wonders like what you had a while ago. I’m whole brained. I have no idea what tomorrow’s wonder will be.
    Your wonder friend,
    Alicia

    • Hey Alicia, we’re sorry that today’s Wonder isn’t one of your favorites! However, we are glad you learned something new about your brain! It’s cool to learn how both sides can work together! We Wonder if you have a favorite WONDERing topic to share? :)

  14. Hi Wonderopolis,
    Today’s wonder was cool. I wonder what half of my brain is stronger? Thanks Wonderopolis for today’s wonder. :]

    • We Wonder if you are skilled in certain things, Ben? Are you a talented artist? Or perhaps you are a math wiz!? We are glad you’re here today and we hope to see you soon! :)

  15. ———————————————
    HI!
    I can’t really watch the video because the wifi isn’t working. :( :( I think tommorow’s wonder is going to be about hitting and targets. I don’t know what brain I am because I like math and art and crafts. :) Can you make a karate wonder please? :)
    ———————————————

    • Hey Brady, we hope you are able to check out the Wonder later today! We think it sounds like you are whole brained, as you use your left and right sides of your brain equally! We look forward to WONDERing with you tomorrow- what a great guess! :)

  16. Jackie R. shared: Initial response to question: I am right brained because I write with my right hand.
    What I learned from watching the video is that we should be in a healthy environment and that our brain is like a prism. It gives out a lot of things.
    I understand now that left brain thinkers are believed to be logical, rational and right brain thinkers are creative and whole brain thinkers are creative by art, music and sports. Some people think they use more of one side than the other. I know now that I am a whole brain because I play sports like basketball and cross country.

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends in Ms. Gallion’s 7th Grade P.1! We are so glad Jackie R shared her initial thoughts with us! You did a SUPER job summarizing what you learned today about the right and left brain! We hope you’re having a WONDERful Wednesday! :)

  17. That was cool!!! :D
    If you asked me if I was Left or right brained I’d say… neither I use both sides I’m creative and well good at math… not that much at math, though! :D

    Hmm… if the Wonder hint was “It Really Hits the Spot” then it must be mash-ashes or something!?!?!?!?! (I don’t know) :D

    I’ve had a great idea before!!! It was making a video game!!!
    :D :)

  18. Hey, today’s Wonder was really cool! I think I’m more of a right! I also think tomorrow’s Wonder will be something with running to the ‘Mark.’

    • We’re glad this Wonder made you smile, Emma! Now you can identify your strengths based on each side of the brain! We think you’re on the right track with tomorrow’s Wonder, too! :)

    • You’ve got it, Ryan! We are glad you’ve been thinking of all the things your brain can do! It sends messages to the rest of your body to keep you up and running! We look forward to WONDERing with you again, Ryan! :)

  19. Hi Wonderopolis,
    Do you have any idea which side of the brain helps with coordination and playing sports?

    Thanks,
    Ms. Rehnke’s 2nd Grade Class

    • Hey there, Ms. Rehnke’s Class! We are so glad you’ve been thinking about coordination and skills– what a great connection to today’s Wonder! We bet you can do some research of your own about which side of the brain is linked to coordination! We’d love to find out, too! :)

    • Alright, we’re glad you discovered something new about yourself today, Hunter! Thanks for sharing your comment with us! :)

    • We’re glad you could identify with one side of your brain, Diamond! We are glad you learned something new about yourself from this Wonder! Keep up the singing! :)

    • Scientists are researching the brain to learn even more about it, Ariel! Great WONDERing! We Wonder what your favorite part of today’s brain Wonder is? :)

  20. Dear Wonderoplis,
    I think I’m right brained. I’m creative, I focus more on reading books, my bedroom is a mess, I’m sensitive. But there is a tweek about me I like science.
    Ade from Lancaster

    • Hey Ade, we’re so glad you’ve been thinking about which side of your brain is dominant! While you may be more right-brained, it’s so cool that you enjoy science and books! Those are great things to enjoy and we hope you’ll continue to Wonder with us! :)

  21. We took a vote in our classroom: 8 people think they are more left-brained and 10 people think they are more right-brained.

    We are lucky to have some of each group in our class so we can all benefit from each others strengths.

    We think that tomorrow’s wonder has to do with shooting bows and arrows or guns with a bullseye. Another guess was that it has to do with marking your place in the world.

    • Hey there, Mrs. Lawinger’s Law Enforcers, we’re so glad you’re back to Wonder with us! We think you made an excellent observation: you do a great job of learning from one another and sharing your strengths as a class! You can help one another while using your awesome talents and sharing your skills! How cool!

      We look forward to WONDERing with you tomorrow– we think you’re on the right track with your guess! See you soon! :)

  22. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I think I’m right brained because I like drawing and painting. I think tomorrow’s wonder is Disney make your mark from Shake It Up, or the Olympics.

    From,
    k.b

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends K.B. and Alyssa! We’re so happy you’ve been learning about the different sides of the brain, and you can relate to our Wonder today! HOORAY!

      We look forward to WONDERing with you both tomorrow. We are so glad you’re here and we hope your day is just as WONDERful as you both are! :)

  23. Dear Wonderopolis,

    At first I thought I was left brained but now I think I am right brained. Actually I think I am a little of both.

    I love Wonderopolis. I go on it every single day with my class.

    Your Friend,

    Fifi

    • Hey, Wonder Friends Jayden and Fifi! We are glad you identified your own strengths thanks to today’s Wonder! We think we use our right and left sides of our brains equally here at Wonderopolis… some of us are better at science, and others are better at art. When we come together to create a Wonder, we use both sets of skills to complete the picture!

      We are so glad you’re both here and we look forward to WONDERing with you soon! Keep up the great work! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends Bri and Knotwell’s! We are glad today’s Wonder helped you think about your very own brains! It’s cool to think about all your talents and skills, and then you can decide which side of the brain is stronger! Thanks for sharing your comments with us- we are so glad you are here! :)

  24. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I think I am left-brained. I just don’t know. This is my second time writing to you. Wonderopolis is so cool.

    Your Friend,

    DragonBoy

  25. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Are you right or left brained?
    At first I didn’t know what side my brain was on. I think I’m left side. Thank you for saying my teacher is cool. Because she is. I think tomorrow’s wonder is about thunder.

    From lex from wi
    To wonderopolis

    • Hell to our Wonder Friends DragonBoy and Lex! We think it’s SUPER that you’ve been WONDERing about the brain with us today! HOORAY FOR YOU! We are super happy you’re back and that you’ve shared your comments!

      We look forward to WONDERing with you again soon– keep up the great work! We hope you’re having a WONDERful Wednesday! :)

  26. Dear Wonderopolis

    I have a right brain. What about you?
    I know that my teacher is right brained too. All my friends are too.
    YOUR FRIEND KLAA$

    • Dear Wonder Friends Klaa$ and AJ:
      Thanks for sharing your cool comments today! It sounds like you are both using the right side of your brains the most– how cool! We’ve got some super creative Wonder Friends here! We are sending you virtual high fives! Say hello to your teacher for us, Klaa$, and we hope to Wonder with you both soon! :)

  27. We were interested in today’s wonder. We never knew that if your working with your right hand so your left brain is working. We want to know how did you come up with this wonder? We kind of like the wonder.

  28. Do you remember me and Armaan? I hope so! The video was really cool. I learned a lot of new things. Like there are 2 hemispheres in your brain. That is so cool. Our teacher [Mrs.Theissen] told us about how you get brain surgery. It was gross.

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends Simranjit, Keerit, Armaan and Gurtej! We are oh-so-glad you’re here today! It sounds like you’ve learned a lot and you’ve continued to Wonder on your own! Nice work!

      Please say hello to Mrs. Theissen for us, she is WONDERful! We are always WONDERing but we enjoy when our Wonder Friends share their very own Wonders, too. You can nominate a Wonder of your own– check out this link: http://wonderopolis.org/nominate-wonder/ :)

  29. We really liked your wonder today. We didn’t know that much about brains. Like there are two sides of brain that talk. Also our teacher told us when your having a brain surgery they cut your hair and a bone in your brain then ask you if you can move your hand or what’s your telephone number. If you don’t give the answer then maybe the doctor did something wrong. If the two brains talk too much it can create a seizure.

    • Hello Wonder Friend Kabir and Mehar! It sounds like you are doing an awesome job of WONDERing and summarizing what you learned today! In addition, we think it is great that your teacher explained what happens during brain surgery! Those questions the doctor asks are very important– it is a way to confirm if the patient’s brain is working properly! :)

  30. We have 6 left brain thinkers and 13 right side brain thinkers in our classroom!!

    We have a few questions for you…

    Do brain cells float between the two sides of the brain??

    In cartoons we see brain having lines, do we really have lines in our brains?

    How does our brain get a headache???

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Piccioni’s Class, we are so glad you visited us today! Thanks for sharing your classroom poll of right- and left-brained Wonder Friends! How interesting! It sounds like you’ve got a great mix of talents in your classroom!

      We are so excited that you’ve been WONDERing even further about the brain! There are lots of folds in the brain, which are often shown as squiggly lines in cartoons and pictures! We think you can continue to Wonder about the brain and how it works with the help of library resources. We hope you’ll let us know what you learn! :)

  31. Dear wonderopils I think the wonders of the day keeps me focus and I really love to learn different things each day. I really love the fact that you guys help students learn over the little simple things.. Thank you A LOT!!!!

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends, Marcaplier and Andrea! Thanks for telling us about your favorite part of today’s Wonder! We are so glad you’re both here to Wonder about the brain with us! It makes us smile to know how much you enjoy visiting Wonderopolis- we think you’re SUPER! :)

  32. I AM WHOLE BRAINED!!! This is because I play oboe (instrument) my friends say I’m a really good drawer. Also, I am good in Math, L.A, etc.
    I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about food.

    • Hello Opinion_Girl.13 and Jade, we’re so happy that you are thinking about your own brains today! WOHOO! We think it’s great that you and your mom are WONDERing together, Jade! And we bet you have to practice a lot to keep up your awesome oboe skills, Opinion_Girl.13!

      We hope you’re having a great day, Wonder Friends! :)

    • Those are great talents, Katie! We love art and music, too!

      Wonder Friend Mystery, we are so glad you shared your guesses for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®! Thank you for posting your awesome comments about what you learned today! :)

  33. Thanks for the wonder! G is almost whole brained with a slight left dominance. A is more right brained! We loved taking the quiz. We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about archery or target shooting.

    • Hey Supermonkey, Gwen and Angus! It’s very cool that you’re WONDERing with us today! We’ve got two whole-brained Wonder Friends and one who is right-brained! We are glad you shared what you learned about the brain today, including your brains! Thanks for sharing your SUPER guesses, too! We hope to Wonder with you tomorrow! :)

  34. If you were left brained would you be left handed? If you were right brain would be right handed? If you were left and right brain would you be left and right handed? I like the passage that I was reading.

  35. Hi,
    I thought this was really interesting and I loved it. I think I am right brained. I never knew that good ideas took so much work to create. I hope to see more cool stuff soon.
    Asha-Mae

    • Hey there, Sophia and Asha-Mae! We are happy to hear that you can identify which sides of the brain you use most! Today’s Wonder was really interesting and we’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for WONDERing with us! :)

  36. Hello Wonderopolis.

    Good morning, I enjoyed watching your video and reading the information about this topic. I found that it really jumped out at me. Keep up the good work.

    From Josh

  37. Hi wonderopolis,
    I really think I am more in the middle of the two the video was really interesting and I loved the effects thanks for the idea!

    • Hi there, Josh and Georgia, thanks for commenting today! We are so glad to read about what you learned today and the types of connections to made! We look forward to WONDERing with you again soon, Wonder Friends! :)

  38. Hi wonderopolis.
    I think am right brained.
    I think I am right brained because I like to do art and music more then math and stuff.
    I found the video inspiring.

    • WOHOO, we are glad our Wonder Friends Ed and Jayd are here today! It sounds like we’ve got two more right-brained Wonder Friends with us today. Thanks for sharing what you learned about your very own brain today– we are glad today’s information made you smile! :)

  39. Hello Wonderopolis,

    I am right-brained!!! And how does the video explain the difference between left or right-brained?

  40. WOW! I never knew that you could have a right brain or a left brain. I think I’m a right brain! I really like the right brain and the left brain.

    • Hello to our Wonder Friends Lauren and Skyler! We are so excited that you’ve been WONDERing about the brain with us today! HOORAY! Today’s Wonder led to all sorts of questions about how the brain works! The Wonder video didn’t explain the difference between the right and left sides of the brain, but we learned all about that in the article today. We hope you’ll come back to Wonder with us soon! :)

  41. Hi.
    I really liked your writing about both sides of the brain. I have learned that I am a right side thinker because I’m quite good at art and music.

    • Hey Amber and Zacheroni! Thanks for sharing your awesome comments today! We are glad to hear that Amber learned something new about her skills and which side of the brain she uses most! Zacheroni, we love your enthusiasm! Did you decide which side of the brain you use most? :)

    • It sounds like you learned something new about yourself today, Wonder Friend Alex! We bet you’re a SUPER well-rounded Wonder Friend!

      Hunter, thank you for sharing your awesome guess for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®! We look forward to finding out what it is! Have a SUPER day! :)

  42. Hi Wonderopolis it was really interesting to watch the video. I had no idea that you think better when you are isolated in a peaceful spot. I think that I am a lefty as I enjoy and am good at math but I don’t show my emotions. Why did you decide to post about thoughts?

    • Hey Richard, thank you for telling us about what you learned today! We think it’s important to remember to take the time and find a peaceful place to think, Wonder and do our homework. We can get more done that way and our brain can focus that way! It sounds like you have decided which side of your brain is dominant, too! NICE WORK!

      We have been WONDERing about the brain for quite some time, so we decided to create a Wonder! :)

    • Great, we’re so glad you learned about both sides of your brain, Rhiannon! We are happy you stopped by to Wonder with us and we can’t wait to see you soon! :)

    • What a great question, Wonder Friend Trinity! We learned that some people are left-brained thinkers, while others are right-brained. However, both sides of the brain are creative! The right-brained thinkers can be talented when it comes to music, and left-brained thinkers are often good at math! We are so happy you’re WONDERing about the brain with us today, Trinity! :)

  43. Dear Wonderopolis, I read the article Are You Right Brained or Left Brained? It really blew me away. I never thought of that before. When I went home I asked my mom that same question, all she said was ummmmmm… I do not really know I think she is an left-brained person. Anyways I think I am an whole-brained person because everybody says I am a really smart girl and I love music I have my very own violin and I am very creative. Have an WONDERful evening .
    Your whole-brained Wonder friend,
    Ayejah

    • WOW, we are so happy you’re here to Wonder with us, Ayejah! We think it’s great that you and your mom have been WONDERing together– you can learn something new, no matter what age you are! It sounds like you have many talents, including music and playing the violin! We Wonder how long you have been playing?

      We are so happy you shared your comment with us today! Have a WONDERful day! :)

    • We’re so happy that you’ve discovered which side of the brain you favor, Wonder Friends Austin and Keegan! We Wonder what types of interests you have that helped you realize this? :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Guner! Thanks for asking– you CAN be left- and right-brained! This means you use both sides of the brain in a similar way, so you might be a fan of music and math! Sometimes we call this “whole-brained”! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend fff5rider4456! It sounds like you’re a well-rounded Wonder Friend, since you use both sides of your brain equally! VERY COOL! :)

  44. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Well I haven’t really started to play the violin, I just got it last Christmas. I guess you can wonder at all ages! Here are some wonders you could maybe use! Do vegetarians drink milk? What is ash? How do you wonder? How are mountains formed?

    Your friend,
    Ayejah

    • How exciting, Ayejah, you’ve got a great new instrument to practice! That’s so exciting! :)

      Thanks for sharing your very own Wonders, Ayejah! Those are some great ideas! We look forward to WONDERing with you soon! :)

    • That’s great, Wonder Friend Maddy! It sounds like you’re a whole-brained Wonder Friend and you use both sides of your brain equally. It’s so cool to learn all about the brain and which side is responsible for what! Thank you for sharing your awesome comment with us, Maddy! :)

  45. I am in the Gifted Program at school and find school dull due to the lack of actual learning- because I already know everything they are trying to teach me. The other day in my Gifted class we were going through a heap of websites and I happened to pick up Wonderopolis. I had sorted through the wonders and this happened to be the first one I clicked on. I was dumbfounded. Period. I had finally found a wonderful website where I could learn about things I had never heard of and I wanted to say,”Thank you, Wonderopolis Team and keep up the good work!!!” I would also like to ask this, will you create more wonders about things like the HUMAN brain and colors?
    With all due respect, Gifted Member 5

    • Thank you so much for sharing your super comment, Wonder Friend, Gifted Member 5! We know that learning and Wonder is everywhere, and we’re thrilled that you found Wonderopolis! Thank you saying hello and we look forward to WONDERing with you again soon! We are always looking for awesome new Wonders, thank you for sharing yours! :)

  46. I am definitely right brained… that is what my teacher meant.

    THANKS WONDEROPOLIS

    Still giving hope to little William.

    • We’re glad you learned about the human brain with us, Felicia! It’s so cool that you learned about what it means to be right- and left-brained… just like your teacher mentioned to you! We hope William is doing okay, and we will keep him in our thoughts! :)

  47. I like art and I am random so I think I am right brained. But I am also good at math so I am half left brained.

    • Hey there, Aleyah, it sounds like you’re a whole brained Wonder Friend! You use both sides of your brain equally! How neat! What is your favorite subject in school? :)

    • Hi Laikin! We think it’s WONDERful that you’re a left brained person! Did you find the common description to be accurate for you? We can’t wait to WONDER with you more! :)

    • Hi Paige! You can tell by analyzing your own characteristics! Are you logical and analytical like a left brainer or creative and intuitive like a right brainer? It is not believed to have any correlation with what hand you write with! Thanks for WONDERing with us! :)

  48. I like how they tell you what side does what. They said that the left side is the side where people are focused about work and try to figure out how to get organized. They said the right side is were you’re a free artist and worry about feelings more than doing work. You could be both, but it helped me figure which side I use more.

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Are you left- or right-brained?
  • How do left-brain and right-brain thinkers differ?
  • Do some people use both sides of the brain equally?

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Ready to work your brain — BOTH sides of your brain — a bit more? Recruit a few of your brainy friends and family members to help you think about one or more of the following fun activities:

  • Which subjects in school are your favorites? Do you tend to like English or Language Arts and Art? Or do you prefer Math and Science? Which side of your brain would each of these classes seem to appeal to the most? Do your preferences make you think one side of your brain might be more dominant than the other? Talk to your parents about your guesses. Do they agree? Do they think you tend to be more left- or right-brained?
  • Do you think it’s good to be primarily left- or right-brained? Or would you prefer to be a more well-rounded individual who draws equally on both sides of the brain. Some people definitely seem to have one dominant side of the brain. If you think about it, you probably know people who are very artistic but not really all that practical. On the other hand, you probably also know people who are overly rational and almost scientific, yet not very creative. Are there people who combine the best of both worlds? Sure there are! Give it some thought and try to think of someone who combines both sides of the brain. One historical figure that might come to mind is Michelangelo. To see what a Renaissance man he was, jump online and visit Michelangelo’s Drawings to see how he managed to combine science and art!
  • So what do you think? Is the left side of your brain dominant? Or does the right side control things? Think about the things you learned in today’s Wonder of the Day. What personality traits do you have that make you think you may be primarily left- or right-brained? Take your best guess, and then take the Left Brain/Right Brain Quiz online. Did the results of the quiz match your guess? Of course, no single quiz can tell you definitively which side of your brain is dominant. Maybe you even use both sides equally! Whichever side of your brain you use the most, just remember to keep using your brain! Read often and never tire of learning new things. Becoming a lifelong learner is a process that takes time. You’ll benefit now and it’ll definitely be worth it when you get older!

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