Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | November 6, 2012

The Divided Brain

A brilliant explanation of  how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist.


  1. I don’t feel he’s entirely correct. He’s making too broad generalizations about the hemispheres. Most, if not all, of the behaviors he’s talking about are controlled by specific areas of the brain, not entire hemispheres. While the area that controls alertness might be found in the left hemisphere, it is not the entirety of the left hemisphere. He even explained this at the very beginning when he spoke of how the left-right brain notion (between creativity and logic) had been debunked, but then makes the rest of the talk about that very thing just concerned with other behaviors.

  2. I enjoyed it. Very thought provoking. The animation makes the subject enjoyable.

  3. Yes, brilliant. Having sat through a 101 Psych class only two years ago, I can say that what is still being taught in the colleges is the old model. laugh

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