Everybody’s heard about your 2 brains:
- The left brain is the logical accountant.
- The right brain is the creative painter.
You can even find online tests — from a single image of a spinning dancer to a “quiz” of sorts — to determine which side of your brain is dominant. However, it turns out the extreme lateralization of cognitive functions is not exactly true, or at the very least, greatly exaggerated, according to recent research.
Lost in all this discussion is another major part of the brain not in either hemisphere: the corpus callosum. Composed of white matter rather than gray, the corpus callosum functions as a conduit — or rather, a set of conduits — connecting the right and left brains.
Which is what we seem to need these days. Neither a right brain or a left brain approach will lead us to the solutions we seek. We need the whole brain, and the only way we get there is through the corpus callosum. Yes, we need to connect our dichotomous thinking patterns to see a complete image. In searching for answers, look for a balance between these two ways of thinking and seize that opportunity with a new rallying cry:
Carpe Corpus Callosum!