Since Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize for brain research in 1981, there has been general agreement that the brain’s hemispheres carry different functions.The “right and left brains,” as we call them, have become prominent in our understanding of the human condition.
The left brain is responsible for the kind of thinking required by our routine lives. It helps us deal with the world in a logical, linear way. An important function of the left brain is speech. The left brain also controls the right side of the body and the dominant hand. The writing hand is “hard-wired”to the language centers of the left brain. This is true even in the case of left-handed people.
The right brain, on the other hand, provides much of our ability to be creative, intuitive, artistic and spontaneous. It allows us to express emotions and to connect with our spiritual selves. Studies show that children primarily experience their world through the functioning of the right brain. When we start school, however, we learn to rely more on our left brains. Since our right brains are not verbal, we must interact verbally with the world through the functioning of the left brain. You might say our conscious thoughts come through the left, verbal brain, while the right brain holds the key to our unconscious world.
The methods I use with the dialogue process not only opens the communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain it also begins to integrate the two sides of the brain.