We’ve told you before that our brains are cross-wired. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, and the left half of the brain controls the right side. There are some tasks that one side of the brain performs better than the other. Here’s what you need to know, courtesy of Psychology Today.
- For starters: If you’ve got a secret to share, tell the person in their left ear. According to psychologists from Sam Houston State University in Texas, words with an emotional impact are heard more clearly when sent directly to the touchy-feely RIGHT side of the brain – through the left ear.
- Then: Get the facts in your right ear. Practical information is processed more efficiently when heard through the right ear. That’s because it goes straight to the organizational, fact-handling left side of the brain. So, if you’re asking for driving directions, get out of the car before asking, or turn your head, since your left ear is the one closest to the driver’s window and you want to listen with your right ear.
- Next up: There’s what experts call the “left side cradle bias.” Most of us hold infants so their heads nestle in our left elbows. Why? Because when positioned this way, babies’ facial expressions are processed first by our emotional right brain, allowing us to interpret what they need on a faster, intuitive level.
- The left, logical, side of your brain will help you steer clear of risky behaviors. In a study from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, volunteers who tapped the fingers on their right hand for 30 to 45 seconds – which stimulated the left side of their brain – the practical side - became less willing to engage in dangerous behaviors such as driving fast, and over-eating.