Influencing Skills: Brain Functionality

Further to our recent blog with links to some background on the Neethling Brain Instrument, here’s some very basic, but none-the-less interesting information from Wikipedia on left and right brain function and limbic versus cerebral systems.  The NBI is ultimately a simple model, but this gives some useful background on some of the science upon which the model was developed.



Language functions such as grammar, vocabulary and literal meaning[8][9] are typically lateralized to the left hemisphere, especially in right handed individuals.[9] While language production is left-lateralized in up to 90% of right-handed subjects, it is more bilateral, or even right lateralized in approximately 50% of left-handers.[10] In contrast, prosodic language functions, such as intonation and accentuation, often are lateralized to the right hemisphere of the brain.[11][12]

The processing of visual and auditory stimuli, spatial manipulation, facial perception, and artistic ability are represented bilaterally, but may show a right hemisphere superiority.[10] Numerical estimation, comparison and online calculation depend on bilateral parietal regions[13][14] while exact calculation and fact retrieval are associated with left parietal regions, perhaps due to their ties to linguistic processing.[13][14] Dyscalculia is a neurological syndrome associated with damage to the left temporoparietal junction.[15] This syndrome is associated with poor numeric manipulation, poor mental arithmetic skill, and the inability to either understand or apply mathematical concepts.[16]

Depression is linked with a hyperactive right hemisphere, with evidence of selective involvement in "processing negative emotions, pessimistic thoughts and unconstructive thinking styles", as well as vigilance, arousal and self-reflection, and a relatively hypoactive left hemisphere, "specifically involved in processing pleasurable experiences" and "relatively more involved in decision-making processes".[17] Additionally, "left hemisphere lesions result in an omissive response bias or error pattern whereas right hemisphere lesions result in a commissive response bias or error pattern."[18] The delusional misidentification syndromes reduplicative paramnesia and Capgras delusion are also often the result of right hemisphere lesions.[19][20] There is evidence[21] that the right hemisphere is more involved in processing novel situations, while the left hemisphere is most involved when routine or well rehearsed processing is called for.



The limbic system (or Paleomammalian brain) is a set of brain structures, including the hippocampus, amygdalae, anterior thalamic nuclei, septum, limbic cortex and fornix, which seemingly support a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction.[1]

The cerebral cortex is a sheet of neural tissue that is outermost to the cerebrum of the mammalian brain. It covers the cerebrum and cerebellum, and is divided into left and right hemispheres. The cerebral cortex plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness.

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