Why Your Baby’s Right Brain Is So Important

 

Most people have a dominant side, whether that be hand, foot, or eye. It’s the same for the brain. Most of us have a left hemisphere dominant brain, but for babies, they are right brain dominant.

The school system generally rewards left-brained individuals, who think in a logical, linear fashion, and learn best through hearing. Right-brained people think in a non-linear, intuitive fashion, and learn best through seeing and feeling.

At school, right-brained children will often be marked down for not showing their work they used to get their answers. What their teachers don’t understand is that these children don’t have the usual work to show; it is all in their head!

According to many right-brain educators, accessing the right brain not only enables a child to learn more efficiently, it can even unlock amazing abilities.

It is not that right-brain teaching will give you an intelligent baby, but rather that the intelligence is already inside every baby – if only we can access the abilities of the right brain.

What Kind of Crazy Abilities am I Talking About with Right Brain Learning?

I’m talking about children with talents like speed reading and photographic memory – and the seemingly limitless powers of recall associated with them.

Kids with the ability to produce an accurate drawing of something only once glanced at, or tell instantly that the number of items being shown to them is 97 – and not 98 or 96. Prodigy musical talents and the ability of perfect pitch also rely on right brain use.

According to studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, both ‘geniuses’ and savants show greater-than-average activation in the right hemisphere of the brain.

The left brain is responsible for verbal processing, which explains why savants (who commonly have damage to the left brain) typically experience difficulties with language.

 

The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for visual and spatial processing, and the ability to “see” problems in multiple dimensions is one of the most prodigious talents of the greatest physicists, Albert Einstein.

Interestingly, Einstein not only possessed this ability, he also suffered from language delays in childhood, inviting suggestions that he was a savant.

Why Can’t We All Use Our Right Brain Like Einstein Did?

Our left brain is dominant for a reason: by suppressing the activities of the right, it filters out data constantly bombarding our senses. This enables us to make sense of reality and avoid sensory overload.

The rest of us take for granted, for example, the ability to hold a conversation without being distracted by background noises.

But because our perception of reality is controlled by the left brain, this means a great deal of the sensory input we receive is entering beneath the conscious radar, making it difficult to access that information at will.

This enables us to make sense of reality and avoid sensory overload. The rest of us take for granted, for example, the ability to hold a conversation without being distracted by background noises (I know I did when I was in the club).

But seriously, because our perception of reality is controlled by the left brain, this means a great deal of the sensory input we receive is entering beneath the conscious radar, making it difficult to access that information at will.

The rest of us take for granted, for example, the ability to hold a conversation without being distracted by background noises.

But because our perception of reality is controlled by the left brain, this means a great deal of the sensory input we receive is entering beneath the conscious radar, making it difficult to access that information at will.

 

So What Is Right Brain Learning?

The idea of right-brain teaching is to change both the way we learn and the way we recall data. The normal way to memorize information is to store it in our short-term memory (in the left brain) and use repetition to transfer it to our long-term memory (in the right brain).

By bypassing the left brain and accessing our long-term memory directly, we learn faster. We can also learn to recall information normally not accessible because it has been received on a subconscious level – say, through speed reading.

The only way to achieve this is by freeing the right hemisphere of the brain from its suppression by the left. In doing so, the right brain becomes activated – much as it is in a savant or young child!

 

Learning with the left brain requires conscious effort; right-brain learning happens subconsciously, and so effortlessly. In small children, the right brain is already activated – which helps explain how children soak up information like sponges.

In small children, the right brain is activated because it is dominant.

This is because the right hemisphere of the brain develops before the left, remaining dominant until the age of three and a half.

As the brain gradually shifts from right- to left-hemisphere dominance, right-brain teaching and learning will increasingly be difficult. Special techniques will need to be learned to enable children to enter an absorbent state, which is highly compatible with right-brain learning.

This is the state babies are naturally in!

 

Now that you understand the basics of right-brain learning, you can find out more about the fascinating right brain teachers Glenn Doman and Makoto Shichida.

You can also book a free coaching session with me to discover how to teach your own kid reading and math at home using right-brain techniques.