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What is the function of the corpus callosum? Can you provide supportive argument for or against the notion that individuals are "right brained" or left brained?

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1. What is the function of the corpus callosum?

The corpus callosum (CC) is "the major white matter tract connecting the right and left cerebral hemispheres of the brain. In Latin, corpus callosum means a big body which is appropriate given its large relative size in the brain." (http://www.carleton.ca/49.663/cc.htm).

The function of the CC is the "bridge between the 2 hemispheres or the highway in the brain upon which information passes from one half of the brain to the other.' (http://www.carleton.ca/49.663/cc.htm)

2. Can you provide supportive argument for or against the notion that individuals are "right brained" or left brained?

What does it mean to be right-brained? It means that the right side of the brain is the person's dominant side. Most-often this occurs in most left-handed people, whose left hand is normally the dominant hand. In most cases, a left-handed person is right-brained and a right-handed person is left-brained, but not always. There are many ambidextrous people, who use both right and left brain hemispheres equally. (http://www.essortment.com/all/amirightbrain_opr.htm)

Research supports this, as right-handed and left-handed people on average, are better at certain functions. What does it mean to be left-brained? This means that the left side of your brain is dominant. Many times a left-brained person is right-handed and visa versa. "The schools primarily teach in a manner that fascinates left-brained learning. People with this type of "wiring" usually fair very well in school due to the auditory teaching. Although left-brained people are not quite as creative, but are much ...

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This solution describes the function of the corpus callosum, as well as provides supportive argument for or against the notion that individuals are "right brained" or left brained, including a supplementary article detaining the argument. References are provided.

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