Does apple pie really have anything to do with whether or not someone is left-brain or right-brain dominate? I think so, and I’ll lay out premise for you to decide; however, you’ll actually have to do some work to prove me wrong. Either way, I hope you’ll share your results.
Learning styles and brain dominance is a science. Frankly, when doing more research for this topic, reading very clinical papers made my head hurt. In simple terms that I am able to convey – the difference in the power of the left and right brain has to do with how we process information.
All of us have two sides to our brain. The left side takes in information in a logical and sequential order and houses our language skills. For intuitive and random information processing, the right side steps up. If we process with only one side of our brain, we can get lost in the world. Have you ever sat with a group of techy folks and not understood what they said, not even sure they were speaking English? Or in my husbands case, it’s the other way around. He doesn’t need all of my airy-fairy description to understand the reason why a dress doesn’t work for me. To him, my dress buying decision only requires the ‘yes or no’ method. Husband and I process information and make decision using different sides of our brains.
So, battle lines are drawn between the left and the right…I’m still talking about the brain here. The dominate side of our brain is often the side we rely on when learning new things. However, to get the most out of life, having a balance between our brains allows us to broaden our learning, thus life experience.
This is where the apple pie comes in. Baking is said to be an art. How the pie looks, with a braided or scalloped edge, enhances the visual appeal of the pie. It’s said that we eat first with our eyes…and when the pie is pulled from the oven all golden brown and steaming with aromas of apples and cinnamon. Yum!
However, to get to that final mouth-watering experience, we start with the left brain – logical and sequential ordering. Baking, more so than other cooking, requires precision measuring of each ingredient. Too much flour or too much fat and the crust isn’t flakey. Too much brown sugar and cinnamon masks the flavor of the apples. Accurate handling of the ingredients is needed to have a tummy-satisfying experience once our eyes signal to our stomach to take a bite of pie.
The point of all of this: To be the best you, no matter what you do: writer, poet, artist, dance, mechanic, computer tech, doctor, physicist, learning to strengthen the less dominate side of your brain will enable you to have a fuller life experience. However, before undertaking a cure to have whole brain usage, you have to know which you are – Left or Right Brain Dominate.
To drive this idea of needing balance home to my writer friends, author Bobbie Smith once told me how much she valued her business degree. It helped her understand the business side of publishing and make good decisions about her career. She uses both sides of her brain as a writer, since being a successful writer goes beyond just writing a good story. This same concept is applicable to any profession.
For those of you who don’t have time to bake a pie, I’m including two websites for you to take a quiz to determine your dominance. The Left Brain Right Brain Quiz will give you a score that measures each brain-side use, showing what’s higher and lower. The second one is Left Brain Right Brain Quiz for Teens. Even though you may be past your adolescence, I think you may find the paragraph the website provides about you very insightful.
Oh, and I’ll sample any apple pie made.