The Divided Brain, RSA-Style

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 4.34.08 PMHere is an interesting look at the divided brain, not in the now debunked 1960’s & 70’s one-side-handled-reason-and-the-other-side-handled-emotion sort of way, but rather in the shared-responsibilities-and-tension-between-objectives mindset of the 21st century.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and author of the recent The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western WorldThis RSA of his talk cleverly unpacks some of his framing ideas and perhaps gives some insights into why some decisions can be challenging while others are a “no-brainer.”

We are very interested in hearing from neuroscientists about his book, research, and theories and how they hold up against the latest research. And we’d love to hear from educators — what implications might this have on reaching each student or understanding a student’s behavior / action within a given situation?

Image: From the RSA Animate of Iain McGilchrist’s talk