Have you ever wondered why there are so many “right brain” training programs? Or maybe, if you are very alert, you might even ask, why there are so many different right brain training programs?
If the programs supposedly teach the same thing, right brain training, then why so much variation? Are they all right brain training? Can it even be really true or just marketing hype?
To answer this question, we must first understand what is this “right brain training” all about. The human brain is divided into the Left Brain and the Right Brain. It has been scientifically demonstrated that the Left Brain controls the analytical thought processes, while the Right Brain seems to account for the more creative and intuitive thinking.
This is where it begins to get interesting. Any activity which involves some form of creativity or “brainless fun” can be construed to be “right brain training”. Reading this statement will likely have some people jumping up and screaming in agony. It would be like saying fast-food burgers are healthy. Let us explore this a little deeper.
Traditionally, it is acknowledged that music and art falls squarely into the domain of “right brain training”, and yes, it is true. That means, dancing, flower arrangements, gymnastics, and a whole slew of other creative and non-analytical activities can also be classified as “right brain training”, isn’t that right?
Well, the key word here is actually not “right brain”, but rather, the key word is “training”. While the intuitive and creative right brain is non linear, non analytical, and deals with the unstructured side of life; to train the Right Brain properly, requires a well planned approach. Have you heard a young piano student playing Beethoven’s Fur Elise? Yes, at the early stages of learning music, that piece of music that is also played by higher grade students and even performed by world renowned orchestras, can be played by the beginner musician. There is a structure to this unstructured world of creativity.
So, just because you flash a few cards, or dance a little jig does not mean that your child is receiving a holistic Right Brain Training. Does it benefit them? Possibly yes. Is it optimised? Not really. There needs to be a sequence that will build up the development of each of the Left Brain and Right Brain functions. And, these activities need to help the Left and Right Brain connect with each other.
That is why programs like the Brain Mastery for Pre-School and Brain Mastery for Primary School programs are jointly developed with Eran Katz, an international best-selling author on brain and memory development.