Lab-2: Left Brain Right Brain Test (13 Points)

Researcher studying the human brain have determined some subtle, but noticeable differences in the functions and processing style of the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex of the brain.  And the notion is that most people have a side (either left or right) of the cerebral cortex that the favor when processing information about their worlds.  It's sort of like your handedness preference.  If you are right handed, you can use your left hand to do many tasks, but movements just come more easily for your right hand.  Further, the side of your brain that you seem to prefer is believed by some to influence (but not determine) certain features of your personality. 

However, it is important for students to read the special feature section in the textbook entitled Evaluating the Concept of 'Two Minds in One' [pages 121 - 123 in the 9th edition of the Weiten text].  Specifically, be sure to read the 'Complexities and Qualifications' section of the feature.  In it, the textbook author makes several important points regarding questions about the validity of left-right brain claims, and degree to which they may actually affect our lives.  In short, differences between the two brain hemispheres do exist, but some evidence suggests that the differences may not be as distinct as many believe, and for most people, the two hemispheres seem well integrated and work seamlessly with each other.  

For lab activity, you will be taking a test that will attempt to identify which side of your brain you tend to favor, as well as whether your style of cognitive processing is auditory or visual (Option A test only). 

 

Instructions:   

Step 1:

There are three left-right brain test options from which you may choose. 

The first option, the Brainworks Test, comes in a downloadable 'brain.exe' program format.  This test is probably the most interesting to take.  However, the downloadable brain.exe version is incompatible with many newer 64-bit / Windows 7 type operating systems.  One of the nice features of the Brainworks test is that you have the option of reviewing your answers after completing the test and reading an explanation of what your answers mean in relation to your cognitive style. 

The second option (art institute creativity test) is website-based and should work with any operating system.  It's a good option that provides lots of detailed information about your type in the test results like sub-scores and what each sub-score means.

The third option (similarminds.com) is website-based and should work with any operating system.  However, the actual test questions are not quite as interesting and diverse as the questions on the brain.exe or brain creativity options.  But it does provide a generally solid result and good basic explanation. 

 

Option A / Brainworks Test:

Downloadable Brainworks 'brain.exe' Test Option:

Again, this option is best for older operating systems like Windows XP, but will not work with newer 64-bit systems. 

Click and open the file linked below to run the program, or save it to your computer if you like and then open it. 

Click here to download

After opening the test file (brain.exe), follow the directions and complete the test.

After completing the test, the program will show you a diagram of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and indicate your left - right preference, as well as your auditory - visual preference.  Be sure to write down your percentage scores for each.

Click the 'Personal Evaluation' box to read a detailed description of your brain style and how it affects your daily life.  Keep in mind, this is usually a two page document and you will likely need to click the "next" box to read the second page of your analysis. 

It is strongly recommended that you print both pages of your 'Personal Evaluation' for future reference in completing the lab write-up questions below.

Optional But Very Interesting:  If you wish, you can go back through each question of your test and the program will explain what your answer to each question means and what the alternative answers mean as well. 

 

Option B  / Art Institute Creativity Test:

 
Click the link below and follow the instructions on the site.

Click here to access the test

It is strongly recommended that you print your test results page for future reference in completing the lab write-up questions below.

 

 

Option C  / similarminds.com test:

Click the link below and follow the instructions on the site.

Click here to access the test

It is strongly recommended that you print your test results page for future reference in completing the lab write-up questions below.

 

Step 2:

Answer the discussion questions below.  Submit your discussion question answers using the Lab-3 submission form in Blackboard.

Answer each discussion question separately by numbering each answer.  Do not combine all answers into an essay or single paragraph format.

When submitting in Blackboard, please remember to submit your answers in Section 2 of the submission page.  Do not use the Section 3 'Comments' box to submit your answers.

 

   

  1. Which test option did you take?

     
  2. What where your overall results?

  3. After reading your "Personal Evaluation," what statements about you contained in your profile accurately fit you?  Give a real example from your own life for each.

  4. After reading your "Personal Evaluation," what statements about you contained in your profile were inaccurate?  Give a real example from your own life for each.

  5. Explain how you will be able to apply what you learned from this activity to your own life.  That is, in what ways can you use the information learned from this activity?
     
  6. Any other comments about the test or your results?

 

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