Threesology Research Journal
Brain Hemisphere Attributes IV

(The Study of Threes)

As with the previous brain hemisphere attributes page, please give all credits to the respective authors. I have attempted to provide links to the sites from which the information was derived, but all links may not be reliable since it's been several years since the information was compiled.

~ Hemispheric Specializations ~

Left Brain Functions

  • Calculation, Writing
  • Reasoning
  • Digital Computation
  • Sequential ordering
  • Temporal thinking
  • Spoken language
  • Scientific skills
  • Verbal Tasks
  • Language centre
  • Right-hand control
Right Brain Functions

  • Insight/Intuition
  • 3D forms
  • Imagination
  • Holistic thinking
  • Simultaneous thinking
  • Synthetic reasoning
  • Musical awareness
  • Artistic abilities
  • Emotions
  • Visual and spatial Tasks
  • Left-hand control

--- ADHD Left/Right Hemispheric Specialization ---

Related to Consciousness
Abstract and Symbolic
Sequential-Linear and Detailed
Logical and Rational
Linguistic Description
Digital Conception (Arithmetic and Computation)
No such relationship
Synthesis of Time
Musical (Almost Non-verbal)
Pictorial and Formal Sense
Spatial (Geometry)

--- Phillip Hallawell- Introduction ---

Right Brain Dominance in the Eyes

A right-brain dominant Jewel structure
A right-brain dominant Jewel structure:

Notice there are more/larger/stronger brown dots (jewels) in the left iris indicating more activity in the right hemisphere.
A right-brain dominant Flower structure
A right-brain dominant Flower structure:

Notice there are more/larger/stronger fibre petals (flowers) in the left iris indicating more activity in the right hemisphere.

Left Brain Dominance in the Eyes

A left-brain dominant Jewel structure
A left-brain dominant Jewel structure:

Notice there are more/larger/stronger jewels in the right iris indicating more activity in the left hemisphere.
A left-brain dominant Flower structure
A left-brain dominant Flower structure:

Notice there are more/larger/stronger flowers in the right iris indicating more activity in the left hemisphere.

These structural indications are present at birth - although it may take several years for jewels to become visible. As the individual's life progresses there will be changes in the dominance of the moment - just as we need to use both legs to walk effectively, we need to use both hemispheres to respond to life in a balanced fashion.

So life will lead us from one hemisphere to the other (& back) as we learn to stride forward along our life's path using our brain.

Academics say 'no truth' to lying eyes theory

lyingeyes (6K)

Research by academics at two universities have concluded that the common belief of lying eyes is a myth. Many psychologists think when a person looks up to their right they are likely to be telling a lie and glancing up to the left is said to indicate honesty. However, the experts from Edinburgh University and Hertfordshire University carried out tests and found the theory to be wrong. The research appeared in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.

The claimed link between eye movements and truth telling is a key element of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a method of enhancing people's lives using psychological techniques.

Prof Richard Wiseman outlined other ways to spot a liar:

Five ways to detect a liar

  1. Me, myself I: Liars make up stories that never actually happened, and so tend to reduce the number of times they refer to themselves. Look out for any sudden drop in words like me, mine and I.

  2. Shifty: Lying is difficult and people tend not to move around when they are concentrating on something. Be wary if a person suddenly becomes very still.

  3. Umm ... err: Liars are far more hesitant than truth tellers and tend to stumble over their words. Listen out for tell-tale umms and errs.

  4. Timing: Liars often have to think about what they are going to say before they speak. Be suspicious if someone suddenly pauses before starting to answer a question.

  5. Token gesture: Liars tend to move their hands around more than truth tellers. Be wary if someone suddenly starts covering up their mouth or touching their hair as they chat.

One aspect of NLP involves teaching people about the relationship between eye movements and thought.

According to the theory, when right-handed people look up to their right they are likely to be visualising a "constructed" or imagined event.

In contrast when they look to their left they are likely to be visualising a "remembered" memory. For this reason, when liars are constructing their own version of the truth, they tend to look to the right.

The idea was tested by filming volunteers and recording their eye movements as they told the truth or lied.

A second group of volunteers was then asked to watch the films and try to detect the lies by watching the eye movements.

Co-author Dr Caroline Watt, from Edinburgh University, said: "A large percentage of the public believes that certain eye movements are a sign of lying, and this idea is even taught in organisational training courses.

"Our research provides no support for the idea and so suggests that it is time to abandon this approach to detecting deceit."

Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, from Hertfordshire University, said: "The results of the first study revealed no relationship between lying and eye movements, and the second showed that telling people about the claims made by NLP practitioners did not improve their lie detection skills."

A follow-up study involved analysing videos of high-profile press conferences in which people appealed for help in finding missing relatives, or claimed to have been victims of crime. While some were telling the truth, others turned out to be lying. Again, there was no evidence of a correlation between lying and eye movements.

--- BBC World news ---
12 July 2012

Brain Dominance Characteristics

Area Right Brain Dominant Left Brain Dominant
Attitude A tendency to 'space out', use spirituality to avoid responsibility, make others responsible for challenges and problems - blames others. A tendency to devalue creativity and spirituality. Over-dependence on Logic, feel responsible for others discomforts - blames self.
challenges for the individual
Being organised, clear thinking - rational decision making, relationships with males (especially Father /figures), Providing materially Delegation, cleaning out - 'letting go' , intuitive leaps and 'gut'-feelings, relationships with females, receiving or being provided for.
Likes Socialising, colour, expression, future-oriented Control, uniformity, past-oriented, 'knowing', solitude
Dislikes Feeling abandoned, controlled, betrayed - by others (mostly men), feeling incapable, 'wrong' Feeling smothered, fussed-over, untrusted - by others (mostly females), feeling inadequate, unworthy
Needs MORE: control, clarity, focus, direction, responsibility
LESS: expression, nurturing, social activity
MORE: spontaneity, dance, expression, nurturing, social activity
LESS: control, clarity, focus, direction, responsibility, analysis
Balancing Diet Protein, cooked food, vegetables Fasting, fruits & juices, raw food
Gifts Inspiration, amiability, caring and sharing Organisation, leadership, achievement
Life Lessons Be more responsible, finish the job, meet your commitments, trust yourself Let go, delegate, relax, trust others
Familial preference Mothers and sisters (females) Father and brothers (males)

thumbs indicating left-brain dominance "Which of your thumbs has the larger moon?"

Generally this thumb is an indication of the non-dominant hemisphere (wider moon in left thumb = right hemisphere dominant; wider moon in right thumb = left hemisphere dominant). You might prefer to regard it as the "pointier" moon indicated the dominant hemisphere. This indicator does take some time to reflect a shift in dominance.

"Which leg do you prefer to stand on?"

If it is your right leg, then you are probably left brain dominant, conversely a left leg preference suggests a right brain hemispheric preference. Of course if you attempt this test with a stone in one shoe or an injury in one leg the results are far more likely to be determined by the stone or injury than the brain's current dominance.

Sleeping positions If you usually sleep in bed with the same person:"

Which side does your partner lie on (when you are lying on your back)? Your dominant hemispheres will tend to lie next each other when you are on your back. If you lie on the right side (facing up) it suggests left brain dominance and vice versa. Sleeping positions, if regular, are a reliable indicator of hemispheric dominance in a stable relationship."

Do you ask a lot of questions? Do you tend to reveal all when questioned?"

Left brain dominant people are more questioning, right brain dominants are more answering. A typical scenario runs like this:

Right brain dominant: Why do you left brain people always answer a question with a question?

Left brain dominant:

Why shouldn't we?

--- Eyesite: Brain Hemisphere utilisation and orientation ---

Is the preferred side that we sleep on a representation of which side we were most often placed when we were an infant? Does sleeping preference indicate different types of evolutionary trends in the human (etc.) species? Where does sleep- side preference originate from? Genetics? Environment? Training/mimicking?,/P>

Laterlization in infant expressions

Researchers found that the mouths of babes open slightly wider on their right side when they babble (left photo), slightly wider on the left when they smile (middle photo) and are symmetrical when making sounds that aren't related to language (right photo). Brain hemisphere lateralization is indicated when we note that babbling is linked with the left hemisphere dominance for language, and that the left side of the body is controlled by the right brain hemisphere while the right side of the body is controlled by the left brain hemisphere.

Image source:
--- MSNBC News: Infant Babbling ---

Original research by: Laura-Ann Petitto of Dartmouth College and Siobahn Holowka of McGill University in Montreal

The left hemisphere is the seat of conscious behavior while the right hemisphere is the seat of intuition. The left hemisphere specializes in verbal and numerical information processed in a linear and ordered manner. It is the active, verbal, logical, rational and analytic part of the brain, capable of cataloguing and analyzing information. The right hemisphere is the intuitive, creative, primarily nonverbal part of our brain. It deals with 3D forms and images. It sees the whole and is able to understand complex configurations and structures. Integrating these 2 hemispheres is the Corpus Calossum as the interconnecting axonal extensions of left and right hemisphere interneurons. It transmits information, memory and learning between the 2 hemispheres.

The hemispheres are further divided into forebrain and hindbrain bundles. The left forebrain is technically oriented and specializes in thinking/analysis. The left hindbrain is pragmatic and specializes in controlling and implementing. The right forebrain is innovative and specializes in thinking/synthesis. The right hindbrain is idealistic and specializes in feeling and interpersonal relationships.

The Polarities of the Astrological Matrix(AM) correspond to the brain hemispheres thusly: (+)= Left Hemisphere and (-)= Right Hemisphere.

Astrology names the (+) Polarity as Masculine & Extroverted and the (-) Polarity as Feminine & Introverted. Neuroscience ascribes the conscious beingness to the Left Hemisphere and the intuitive aspects of the psyche to the Right Hemisphere. This goes with the (+) Polarity as light, open and projecting(masculine attributes) dealing with the physical world as a conscious entity being the Left Hemisphere. The dark, introspective and mysterious/intuitive Right Hemisphere as the (-) Polarity dealing with relationships and creative expression born of seemingly spontaneous expression(feminine attributes).

The Cerebral Hemispheres are further subdivided into Forebrain (FB) and Hindbrain (HB) portions. The thinking and problem solving attributes of left FB (LFB) dominant people are characterized as being logical, analytical, rational, objective and critical. These are people whom are talented in technical or quantitative endeavors. These people use practical judgment and have an empirical, incisive view of problems and situations. They are very good at dealing with concrete situations and seek quantitative precision.

These are also the attributes of Air Signs. Air is positive and relates everything encountered with all else. Air is connected with transport, of mostly ideas but also objects. Air is fond of abstraction but it is closer to physical reality than is Fire. Air is associated with thinking and logic, social and external concepts of truth. It is very social, but unable to handle real intimacy well. Air has the need to develop a sensitivity to the internal, emotional aspects of other people to match its comprehension of the external. The intellect is detached and objective as well as facile and quick; excellent for observing, planning and organizing. Air is excellent for original, creative thinking which is related to highly abstract and technical fields. Its combination of abstractness and practicality is an essential quality of the element of Air. Thus the LFB and Air Sign characteristics are complementary.

On the other hand, left Hindbrain (LHB) individuals are characterized as practical, pragmatic, decisive, realistic, organized and detail oriented. These people seek solutions that meet current needs, are good at tactics and pursue the shortest route to payoff. They are good at setting up agendas and like to develop schedules and plans. They usually accept conventional values and provide stability and structure to their organizations. These are also the attributes of Fire Signs. Fire is the energy of Spirit. Fire operates by energizing and transforming. It is active and dominant, not willing to allow circumstances to take the initiative. It signifies will. Fiery entities manifest the qualities of process, change and evolution. Fire is an emotional element tending to the more active and dynamic emotions. Fire is outgoing, with connotation of strength in a masculine way. It is demanding in self as in others and it provides motivation to act. Thus the LHB and Fire Sign characteristics are complementary.

The thinking and problem solving attributes of Right Forebrain (RFB) individuals are characterized as imaginative, innovative, intuitive, artistic and visually oriented. These people do well in tasks calling for synthesizing and conceptualizing abilities. They also have an integrative and more comprehensive view of situations and problems. They are able to consider and weigh a broad range of viewpoints and think strategically. They are good at gathering, assembling, comparing and re-shuffling ideas which enables them to come up with unique and dynamic concepts. They prefer to work independently, pursue their own way rather than ready-made solutions and often take risks and break rules that impede progress. These are also the attributes of Earth Signs. Earth is the direct experience of the physical universe. It symbolizes the quality of being substantial and material. It is both matter and the need to deal with matter. It limits freedom due to the nature of matter and the materiality of the world around us. Earth is also a support of and source of nurture. It is stable and passive, it needs to be acted upon and formed by an external energy. Earth needs to resist change and signifies structures which break down under pressure because they lack the flexibility that allows adaptation. Earth provides substance and therefore it is effective for actualization. Finally, Earth perceives reality very well but negates the emotions. Thus the Right Forebrain (RFB) and Earth Sign characteristics are complementary.

Right Hindbrain (RHB) individuals are participative, supportive, empathic, interpersonal, affiliative, idealistic and emotional. Many have highly developed aesthetic sensitivity and tend to be artistic and spiritual. They are good at creating an idealistic, integrative image of reality. They tend to thrive on an internal sense of motivation and purpose. They like to challenge traditional assumptions and prefer to think speculatively. These are also the attributes of Water Signs. Water is a style to grasp all as a whole. Water is a non-rational element which is not easily expressed, a subtle feeling-toned understanding. It is best at feeling relationships and the way everything interacts with every other thing. Communication is best through artistic expression such as art, music and poetry. Related to Water are very vivid personal experiences which tend to overwhelm external experiences. Water is the need to live in a clean psychic environment. Water understands the feelings and emotions of others better than any other type and is capable of great emotional depth and compassion for others. Air is creative imagination which requires some Earth for actualization. Water has the ability to see a possible existence where there was no existence before. Water brings new insights into the nature of human existence and the ability to understand ourselves better. Thus the Right Hindbrain (RHB) and Water Sign characteristics are complementary.

--- The Astrological Matrix and the Neurobiological Basis of Human Behavior ---


The Human brain has two hemispheres which function differently.

From classical times, it has been known that the human brain has two distinct ways of thinking and knowing. Many scientists, intellectuals, and authors have given names to these two types of intelligence or cognitive styles.

Some examples are:

Theorist Left Brain Right Brain
Maslow Rational Intuitive
Bruner Rational Metaphoric
Koestler Associative Thinking Bisociative Thinking
De Bono Vertical Horizontal or Lateral
Bronowski Deductive Imaginative
Shopenhauer Objective Subjective
Freud Secondary Process Primary Process
Jung Causal Acausal
Langer Discursive Symbolism Presentational Symbolism
Neisser Sequential Processing Multiple Processing
Kubie Conscious Processing Preconscious Processing

Whatever they are labeled, the effective use of these two distinctive processes is vital for all creative human thought and production. Artists, scientists, engineers, business persons, entrepreneurs, inventors, etc.--everyone depends on the full functions of the human brain for success.

In the 1950's, a group of neuro-scientists and physicians in California surgically divided the two hemispheres of the brain by cutting apart the millions of nerve connections referred to as the corpus callosum. In some subject adults, it was found that there are two very distinct processes that each have a functional "home" in one hemisphere of the brain or another. One scientist, Dr. Roger Sperry, won the Nobel Prize for medicine for his study of these --- "divided brain ---" patients.

--- Brain Based Visual Education ---

Here are some additional examples of brain images:

Workshop brain image
--- The Natural Philosopher ---

General Assembly brain

Right Brain Functions

Kinesthetic awareness
Pattern recognition
     Left Brain Functions

All verbal skills
Using logic

--- Young General Assembly ---

The other side brain image

--- The Other Side Of The Brain ---

Intuitive self brain image

--- The Intuitive Self ---

Here are two images of a humorous look at the female and male brains:

The Female Brain
The Male Brain

--- Humor! The Female and Male Brain ---

Here's another example the left and right hemisphere attributes.  (I took the liberty of placing the right hemisphere slightly in front (above) the left hemisphere according to actual occurrence within the human skull.)

right and left hemisphere brain functions
--- Analyzing Cultures ---


Does a 3-D perspective more rightly belong to a left brain type of analysis, and it is more proper to say that a 2-D perspective is a right hemisphere visual attribute? Given the 2/3 separation for the right and left hemispheres, it appears better suited to say that a 2-D perspective is correlated naturally with the right hemisphere and that a 3-D perspective is a left hemisphere analysis of right brain functioning. In other words, the person who put the above image together must have taken information from a source that likewise used information that was incorrectly understood with respect to a 2/3 hemispheric processing.

Does chess playing require more right hemisphere (spatial) visualization than a left hemisphere type of logic in a mathematically-related sense?

(I am putting aside those notions of overlap when presenting these questions.)

For links to various brain-related websites:

--- Think Blade ---

Your Questions, Comments or Additional information are welcomed:
Herb O. Buckland