Over the past 3 weeks, I have been doing some research on this topic called Right Brain Training (RBT). It seems that there are many school of thoughts out there in regards to RBT. There are people who say that too much of RBT is not good and there are people who say you should intensively do RBT. After searching through many articles and hearing from a few people on the topic of RBT, I am convinced to start Reuben on this process.
Some facts about our brain
Our brain is divided into two segments; the left side and the right side. Each side has its own purpose. The left side is normally associated with logical processing, calculations, sequencing, facts, mathematics and computations. Whereas the right side is associated with imagination, creativity, musically inclination, visualization and emotions. The right side cannot do without the left side and vice versal. In summary, the left and the right side of our brain process information in a different manner.
When do we say that a person is more left brain inclined? Say for example, a teacher asks a student, what happens when you take a hammer to hit an egg. The student answers, the egg is going to be smashed up. That is the most logical answer. However a right brainer inclined person might look at the whole situation from a top view and say, it could be possible that the egg is being smashed to pieces or nothing happens to the egg because the hammer could be a toy hammer.
Why right brain training for my son?
I looked at myself, when I was growing up in the 80s, our parents were not exposed to stuff such as right brain or left brain training. Even the toys at that time were not specifically catered for brain development. Maybe there was but my parents could not afford it. When I went to school, we were thought to memorize stuff and learn facts so that we can pass our exams. This learning method stretched all the way to my poly days. Through this process, we were actually working a lot on our left brain. I did not have enrichment classes to build up my creativity. The only class I attended when I was young was drawing class and I hated it.
Fast forward till today, I am just probably using one to two percent of my right brain in my daily life. Even if I were to start developing my right brain now, it will probably take too much of my time.
This is why after thinking about it, I decided to start my son on his right brain training journey. Right now he has just crossed the 6 months mark. This is the best age to start.
Right brain training can begin as early as 4 months and it can stretch all the way to 3 years old. Studies have shown that infants from the age of 4 months to 3 years old develop their right brain at the fastest pace. This is the optimal age to work on the right brain. After 3 years old, a lot of focus will be on the left brain.
What is the method that I would likely be using to kickstart my son’s right brain development?
Flash cards are easily obtainable from the retail stores. Research has shown that if you flash the cards at a maximum rate of 1 sec per card, the infant who is looking at it can register the image and remember it. It trains up the photographic memory which helps in developing creativity.
In my next blog post category for Right Brain Development, I would be sharing with you my experiences on flash cards training.