Right-Brained? You May Make Less Mistakes

June 11, 2007

There may be less mistakes made in the Conceptual Age

Interestingly, a University of Exeter study has shown that right-brained people actually make LESS mistakes.  I would’ve thought that left-brained types, with their superior logical and analytical abilities would reign supreme in this area.  Apparently not.  The study consisted of studying subjects who had damage to their frontal lobes.  People who had damage to the left side of their brains and had full functioning on their right were more likely to recognize mistakes and correct them than those with damage to the right-side of their brains.  Really astonishing is the fact that the mistake-recognition and correction abilities in the two sides of the brain weren’t even close.

The study involved learning rules connecting the color of a symbol on a computer screen to a right or left-directed movement.  All participants did make mistakes during the test, however, the group of subjects who had left frontal lobe damage corrected 68% of their mistakes while the right frontal lobe damaged subjects were only able to correct 30% of their errors.  That’s a huge difference!  Check out the original story at Scientific Blogging.

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