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Communication and the left and right brain - dyslexia

Communication is a skill just like any other. Some people are better at it than others....teachers can extend an argument with a string of words all designed to develop and expand a point. Poets use language as a weapon whilst for scientific people its used in a completely different more precise and functional way. This article by Dorian Paul is intended to show that not only are some people better at communication for many people the portion of the brain that deals with communication is completely different than others - some communicate using the left brain and others with the right brain.

COMMUNICATION AND THE LEFT AND RIGHT MINDS by Dorian Paul

Those of us who are "right brained" are often the "artistic" "visual" or "creative" types, who thrive in a world of feelings and impressions. Having language planted there, as a left handed person would, is normal actually, there are after all variations. However with my form of dyslexia, there is a translation between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and thus a constant dialogue between the two on a daily basis, thus, it should be very easy for such a person as myself to remember dream .

Not only that, but I can remember early childhood experiences vividly from the time I was 2 years old, after my language switched over from Chinese to English. Oh that is another thing, I used to speak Chinese as a child, it was my first language, and this also may have some bearing on the reason why my brain works in the way it does. I can’t remember Chinese though, but I can remember some of the time before the age of 2 as well, even as far back as 4 months old, but not as vividly.

The scientists have no real understanding of the brain.

Most humans use the left brain for language abilities. But most tests are too destructive to be conducted on healthy people so most data is clinical reports of people with brain injuries. "Based on these data, and on indirect measures, we estimate that between 70% to 95% of humans have a left-hemisphere language specialisation. That means that some unknown percentage of humans (maybe 5% to 30%) have anomalous patterns of specialisation. These might include: (a) having a right-hemisphere language specialisation or (b) having little lateralized specialisation. The more one knows about the neurological mechanisms underlying language abilities, the more complicated these issues become."

The conclusion from scientists then is very much that they do not really know.