Many people in the workplace attribute their perspectives to being either “right-brained” (emotions, feeling, intuition) or “left-brained” (analytical). This assignment will examine those statements, identify the attributes of the brain hemispheres, and identify the controversies surrounding the left-brain and right-brain concept.
Focus on the following questions:
- What does a case study like Phineas Gage tell you about biopsychology that can then be applied to the workplace?
- How does research on emotion, stress, and aggression help you better understand human behavior?
- What roles do hunger, hormones, sexual development, and sleep play in overall physical and emotional health?
- How can knowledge about emotions, stress, and aggression be applied to improve your own life and your interpersonal relationships?
- What are the current controversies around claims that individuals are right- or left-brained?
- How can you apply the information you have obtained on brain hemispheres to the workplace?
- How might this knowledge affect how you deal with your workplace relationships in the future?
Most people within the working environment believe that their perspectives are informed by them being either “right-brained” or “left-brained.” This premise argues that individuals possess a dominant brain hemisphere (left or right) influencing their cognitive and personality traits (Shin et al., 2022). One of the key controversies surrounding this idea is that empirical proof does not support its notion of strong lateralization of brain functions (Shin et al., 2022). Another controversy is that it oversimplifies the complexities associated with brain functions (Shin et al., 2022). The final controversy is that the claim has been commercialized, resulting in not only the spread of misinformation but also perpetuating the claim’s myth (Shin et al., 2022).
- Applying the knowledge of brain hemispheres to the workplace.