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Re: Emotions and brain laterality

Posted by juniper on December 22, 1999, at 23:23:51

In reply to Re: Emotions and brain laterality, posted by rui ramos on December 22, 1999, at 19:30:14

i do not know if this thread was ever expounded on as to which side of the brain appears to control which characteristics. the right side seems to control negative emotions, while the left side seems to control positive emotions, in particular those related to forming, looking forward to, and reaching a goal. i know that i have read prior studies which show patients with anxiety and depression have excess activity in the right frontal lobe. i have also seen speculation that since the right half of the brain seems to control more creative pursuits, while the left is in charge of logic (and in my experience depression and logic are pretty polar opposites), that artsy types may harbor more activity on this side of the brain. i ran across a study a while back that broke down into percentages the amount of mental disorders experienced by artists by their medium...for instance, poets were most likely afflicted, followed by finction writers, followed by non fiction. interesting. i read the Washington Post article a while ago and one thing that struck me as a bit scary is that these researchers found one side of the brain to be more active in infants--and this corresponded to their tempermants. makes me wonder if i was screwed from the beginning as i wondered in diapers with my right frontal lobe burning gluclose like crazy...




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