Recently, we shared the link to a 30 second test that determines if the test-taker is left brained, right brained, or equal in dominance. For fun, we asked you to share the results of your test along with your breed just to see what we could see. We can’t stress enough how unscientific our methodology was to compile the results we share now. Put another way, if an actuary lead a wicked life, died and went to his own private hell, it would be these results. Still, it was all in good fun, so here goes.
The vast majority of us who took the test are equally dominant in both spheres of our brains, but the owners of herding and working breeds were especially so. Sporting dog owners were skewed heavily toward being right brained over left or equally dominant, while hound dog owners were more left brained. Terrier owners were more “equal brained” than left or right dominant as were Toy breed and Non-Sporting breed owners.
Pop theory holds that “right-brained” people are creative, artistic, and open-minded thinkers who perceive life in subjective terms, while “left-brains” are analytical and detail oriented who excel at tasks that require attention to detail. They’re more logically minded.
All that said, researchers from the University of Utah recently found with brain imaging that people don’t use the right sides of their brains any more than the left sides of their brains, or vice versa. “It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain. Language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right. But people don’t tend to have a stronger left- or right-sided brain network. It seems to be determined more connection by connection,” study researcher Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., said in a statement.
So much for all that.
Samoyed mixed media painting by Christa Wagner