What is the Whole Brain Thinking?
The concept of Whole Brain Thinking was developed by Ned Herrmann. According to him, thinking divides our brain into 4 quarters. Each quarter represents a different part of the brain. Those parts can be introduced as
- Logical, Analytical, Facts Based, and Quantitative
- Practical, Detailed, Organized and Planned
- Relational, Emotional, Interpersonal, and Kinesthetic
- Experimental, Holistic, Integrating, and intuitive
Let’s discuss each Quadrant of the Brain
1. Logical, Analytical, Facts Based, and Quantitative
It can also be known as the “Facts and Figures” part. The logical part of the brain is interested in facts and proofs. It quickly responds to learning goals and objectives. Moreover, the logical part likes to learn in a clear and brief manner. It can be concluded as-
- Minimal texts
- A lot of graphical representations
- Well-researched information
- A clear learning goal
You may find yourself as an analytical thinker if you are a goal-oriented person.
2. Practical, Detailed, Organized and Planned
It can also be known as the Rule Follower part. The organized part of the brain is interested in following orders and procedures. Similar to quarter one, quarter two is also interested in goal-oriented learning. It also prefers concise and planned-out learning. The organized part of the brain believes in
- Following the rules and regulations
- Learning through quizzes and putting up questions
- Exercising step-by-step
- Preparing to-do lists
- Acquiring practical feedbacks
3. Relational, Emotional, Interpersonal, and Kinesthetic
It can also be known as People Persons or Emotional Persons. As the name suggests, the emotional part of the brain is filled with emotions. Emotions include sympathy, empathy, love, care, joy, anger, sorrow, etc. This part of the brain enjoys being with and learning from different people. It is very cooperative and expressive. It basically enjoys teamwork. The following things draw the emotional part of the brain towards themselves-
- Fascinating Stories
- Positive Experiences
4. Experimental, Holistic, Integrating, and intuitive
Okay, so now comes the group of true creatives. The holistic part of the brain can also be known as The Creative Group. It is also interested in learning the tiniest details that are required. In addition, it is very interested in exploring, experimenting, and innovating. Moreover, the holistic part prefers further research on the information that is provided to it. They prefer learning through-
- Generating Leads
- Exercising Thoughts
- Visual illustrations
- Researching Key Information
It is true that everyone has these four quarters. Everyone also has a preferred way of thinking. However, people are not able to realize it. Some people like to think outside the box, explore things, and be innovative and creative.
On the other hand, there are some people who just believe the facts. This informs us about the different qualities of different learners. One may excel in a particular area but may face difficulties in other areas. It depends upon learner-to-learner.
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