Left Brain vs. Right: It's a Myth, Research Finds
By Christopher Wanjek, Columnist | September 03, 2013 12:21pm ET
It's the foundation of myriad personality assessment tests, self-motivation books and team-building exercises – and it's all bunk.
Popular culture would have you believe that logical, methodical and analytical people are left-brain dominant, while the creative and artistic types are right-brain dominant. Trouble is, science never really supported this notion.
Now, scientists at the University of Utah have debunked the myth with an analysis of more than 1,000 brains. They found no evidence that people preferentially use their left or right brain. All of the study participants — and no doubt the scientists — were using their entire brain equally, throughout the course of the experiment. A paper describing this study appeared in August in the journal PLOS ONE. [10 Things You Didn't Know About the Brain]