Create Memorable Learning Experiences Using The 'Right' Brain

At approximately 1.36 kg, an organ that consists of about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections, the human brain is a complex organ. The brain is at the center of everything you think, feel, and do. Divided into two halves, or hemispheres, each half and particular regions control certain functions. Even though the two sides of the brain look very much alike, there’s a huge difference in how they process data. The two halves of the brain don’t work separately or independently of each other. The nerve fibers connect different parts of your brain together. Commlab has spent a precious amount of time researching how these two parts work together, but predominantly on the significant role of the right side of the brain in learning. If you would like to explore more about how the left side complements the right side, in relation to learning, and how they can be addressed to create memorable learning experiences, then keep reading!

eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain
Discover more about the interactive elements in eLearning that will appeal to the right brain and help create memorable, sticky learning experiences.

While emotions, experimentation, and empathy play a major role in helping us understand data, training (including corporate training) often fails to include these elements, identifying them as trivial or fancy. Formal education is often linear, authoritative, and rigid. This eBook explores how to create lasting learning experiences by planning activities that will appeal to the right brain. Even though our understanding of cellular neurobiology and even systems neuroscience has exploded, the fact remains that we don't understand how the brain works. It's divided into two hemispheres—the left brain and the right brain. Each and every individual has one dominant half which determines their preferences, their personality traits, and their behavior.

About The eBook: eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain

It goes without saying that conscious awareness is the most bewildering and most mystifying aspect of the human brain. It’s what distinguishes us from animals and facilitates us with the unique, self-reflective nature of our character. Consciousness is what allows us to experience and react to our environment in an overtly self-directed manner. It allows us to live in a world where we have our own private thoughts, feelings, opinions, and preferences. All together they help us create the world around us and these traits allow us to figure out the world and operate within it, as mentioned in the eBook:

While we are yet to understand the true potential and the intricate workings of the human brain, there’s no denying that it affects several aspects of our cognitive abilities such as memory, intelligence, feelings, and thinking processes. Psychology, training, education, mental models, critical thinking, linguistics, and several fields are affected by the functioning of the brain.

The Difference Between Both Sides And The Implications For Learning

If the left side of the brain is analytical, linear, quantitative, organized, and sequential, this implies that left-brained people are logical, rational and methodical. The right side of the brain is intuitive, emotional, synthetic, qualitative, and focuses on interpersonal skills. Right brainers are artistic, imaginative, and creative. According to current information, understanding, and research in the field, the two sides of the brain are neither standalone nor antagonists. They work together in delivering ecstatic results. They are responsible for different, specialized attributes and individuals are predisposed to favor one over the other. Further research may prove us right or wrong. The authors of the eBook reference a book by Daniel H. Pink, who, in his book A Whole New Mind, points out that logic without emotion would make us chilly automatons, whereas emotions without logic would make us hysterical and weepy. The best of both worlds, and most likely extremely necessary too.

At the moment there is a change taking place where society is moving from the Information (or the Digital) Age to the Age of Conceptualization and Creativity. Not so long ago, companies were filled with workers who contained all the knowledge, who crunched numbers and sought after facts. The same companies are now slowly making way for employees who are able to empathize, and who are meaning-makers and creators. You could say there is a transition to employees with a high EQ. This development is the result of excess and has created a need for right-brain thinkers. During this period, the Industrial Age of mass-production, right-brain thinking was banished to the background. However, today the average person is immersed in a corporate world where he or she is presented with a myriad of options for equal quality and pricing. What sets the winner apart is the aesthetics. Good design, user-friendliness, and meaning are becoming differentiating factors for products and services varying from smartphones to cutlery.

Jobs that involve mechanical labor are being outsourced and this has created a space where there is a lot of time for organizations to analyze results, study new trends, and expand into new markets where they can analyze content. This new evolution has helped right-brain thinkers become an indispensable part of the current workforce. As an example, the authors of this eBook mention how the importance can be assessed by the shift in medical schools. Medical institutions that once emphasized analytical abilities to help determine a diagnosis are now training medical students on “narrative medicine.” They acknowledge that an accurate diagnosis, also, depends on each patient’s individual story and the ability of the future physician to deduct accurate information. The eBook continues by going deep into the 6 senses of the right brain that complement left-directed thinking with right-directed thinking to create a whole new mind as described by Daniel Pink in his book. The individual chapters are the following:

  1. Intuitive 'Design'
  2. Harmonious 'Symphony'
  3. Compelling 'Story' Narratives
  4. A Culture of 'Empathy'
  5. Serious 'Play'
  6. The Search for 'Meaning'

Learning Just 'Right'

Using the aforementioned learning activities, Instructional Design will help craft training programs that offer learners plenty of opportunities to find meaning in their work. It also facilitates an environment where people can become empathetic and experience an increased sense of happiness and peace of mind. Still, these activities and learning formats are not standalone and each can be used to promote more than one sense. If you are interested in replacing the linear, predictable, and theoretical with the emotional, creative, and artistic components, download this eBook: "eLearning Design And The 'Right' Brain" to become 'Right' brain experts; and, moreover learn how its role in learning can be of use to you!

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