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The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Goleman

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The Creative Brain

“Right brain good, left brain bad.” That belief about creativity and the right and left hemispheres of the brain dates back to the Seventies, and reflects a very outdated bit of neuromythology. The new understanding about left and right hemispheres is more specific to the topography of the brain: when it comes to left versus right, do you mean left front, left middle, left rear?

We now understand that when it comes to creativity it’s not just left-right, it’s also up-down – it’s the whole brain. Here, it’s important to understand a structural difference between the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere.

The right hemisphere has more neural connections both within itself and throughout the brain. It has strong connections ...

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