Helping Your Gifted Right-Brain Learner, Part Two: How the Right Brain Works

In The Right Brain, author Thomas Blakeslee states, “…each half of the brain has its own separate train of conscious thought and its own memories…while the left brain tends to think in words, the right brain thinks directly in sensory images.” This explains why my son Lewis plays the cello better when he’s not paying attention in the conventional sense.

For him, “not paying attention” is a way to shut off the linear activity of his left brain, and gain access to the sensory images and kinesthetic memory of cello playing in his right brain. Once his right brain is working, he’s fully capable of paying attention to many things at once, thereby processing the voluminous data provided to him by the sound, feel, tempo, and rhythm of music-making.


About Rebecca Hein

Author of A Case Of Brilliance, her memoir of her discovery that her two children are profoundly gifted
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