What Do These Percentages Mean?
Low percentages are common in the Brain Type Test and are not indicative of
intelligence. Instead, medium to high scores (30 - 50%) are desireable, as they show
an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus
should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 - 30%) methods, as
they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.
If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally
utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of
other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to
fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.
If you have Highly Recessive characteristics, your normal thinking patterns naturally
ignore these methods. You may only consider these under-utilized techniques when "all else
fails," or possibly not at all. It is important to recognize the benefits of all of your
brain's capabilities in order to become a balanced thinker.
Linear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process,
the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them
into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from
parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.
Your Linear Analysis
You tend to have difficulty in processing data in a linear manner. When processing
information you tend see the whole picture first and work your way
backwards, filling in the pieces as you go. The information you process is not done in a
straight, progressive manner, but may take different paths as you start with an assumption and
take different paths to discover the threads that lead you to that assumption. Seeing
the big picture at the beginning of the process is a necessity for you if you are to
understand additional information. When given a task, instead of
naturally following directions in a linear fashion, you tend to feel the need to know "why"
you are doing something or else you may have difficulty with it.
Sequential processing is a method used by the left hemisphere for processing information. The
information that is received is processed in order from first to last. Information is
processed in a systematic, logical manner. Through sequential processing, you can interpret
and produce symbolic information such as language, mathematics, abstraction, and reasoning.
This process is used to store memory in a language format. Activities that require sequential
processing include spelling, making a "to-do" list, and many aspects of organization.
Your Sequential Analysis
You tend process information you receive without any priority as to which is
processed first, last, or any place in between. It is difficult for you to learn or perform
tasks involving sequence. For example, spelling is a task that involves sequence and you may
experience problems remembering exact spelling or any type of rote memorization, for that
matter. Creating daily lists and plans are probably not activities you enjoy. If you are
having problems with tasks involving sequence, there are methods you can use to improve your
skills. One method involves using colors to learn sequence. You assign a color to each
task. For example, you may want to make the first step green, the second step blue, and the
last step red. This helps because the right side of the brain, your
dominant side in this case, is sensitive to colors. The important thing to remember is that
consistently using the same sequence will help you both improve and recognize that this
strategy can be used in many different circumstances involving sequence.
Symbolic processing is a method associated with the left hemisphere that is used for
processing the information of pictures and symbols. The majority of functions associated with
academics involve symbols such as letters, words, and mathematical notations. This process is
what aids you to excel in tasks such as linguistics, mathematics, and memorizing vocabulary
words and mathematical formulas.
You have difficulty processing the information of symbols, and would rather see
the real object in order to understand. You probably hated algebra. For example, if solving
a math problem, you need to "draw out" the problem to understand and solve it. You rely on
the visualization of real objects instead of their symbols. Tasks such as memorizing
vocabulary words or mathematical formulas are more difficult for you.
Logical processing is a method that is used by the left hemisphere to take information piece
by piece and put it all together to form a logical answer. When information is received
through reading or listening, the left hemisphere will look for different
bits of information that will allow it to produce a logical conclusion. This aspect of the
left hemisphere is what aids you in solving math problems and science experiments.
Logical processing is not one of your strengths, so you may tend to rely on a "gut" feeling to
help you make your decisions from the information you have received. For example, you will
choose an answer on a test because it "feels" right, and you may be correct. This is
due to the fact of your tendency to look for the whole picture but not the details that create
it. You can often start with the answer and work your way back to allow yourself to see the
process and parts that create the whole. You may find math problems and science experiments
difficult because of this.
Verbal processing is a method used by the left hemisphere to process our thoughts and ideas
with words. For example, through verbal processing, a left-brained person giving directions
may say, "From this point continue east for two miles and turn north onto Bellevue Road.
Continue north on Bellevue Road for seven miles and turn west on Main Street". With verbal
processing, exact, logical directions are given in a very sequential manner compared to a
right-brained person who, in giving the same directions, would use more visual landmarks.
You are not a verbal person. When you process your thoughts, you tend to use very few words,
preferring instead to illustrate a problem or solution. You often find yourself in
situations where it is hard for you to "find the right words." Upon reading or hearing new
information, you must first create a "mental video" before you can process and understand the
information of your thoughts. For example, when giving directions, you probably use many
gestures with your hands such as pointing and leaning, and also refer to visual structures
such as "a McDonalds" or "the big tree" instead of street names or exact mileage.
Reality-based processing is used by the left hemisphere as a method for processing information
with a basis on reality. This processing tool focuses on rules and regulations. An example
of this would be how a left-brained person would completely understand the repercussions of
turning in a late assignment or failing a test. A left-brained person also usually easily
adjusts to changes in their environment.
The information you process may lack a basis on reality, but it does open the door to
creativity. You do not show much focus for rules and regulations and do not adjust well to
change in the environment. In fact, upon experiencing change in the environment, it spurs you
to try to change it yourself instead of adjusting to it. Whenever you become emotionally
involved in project you are more likely to learn and succeed.
Holistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The
information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic
processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A
strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture
given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand
what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your
visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through
holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.
You have difficulty seeing the whole picture, especially at the beginning of a project. You
tend to process information you receive from its parts to its whole
in a straight, progressive manner. When given a task, you tend to not bother asking
"why," but instinctively are able to do it.
Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The
information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will
usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right
hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore
making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to
overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colors
since the right hemisphere is sensitive to color. For example, you may want to associate the
first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently
using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks
You tend to not process data randomly, preferring instead to follow a
systematic, logical order from first to last. You have difficulty making "leaps of logic"
which prevents you from making unique discoveries, or adapt to change during
your thinking process.
Concrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for
processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you
receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a
mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person
often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by "drawing it out" because it allows
them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it
is for them to understand it.
When you process information you have received, the real object is
not important to you. You do not have to use the real object to make sense of what you have
processed. For example, if solving a math problem you do not have to "draw out" the problem
in order to find or understand the answer, and you do not have to visualize something to
understand it. However, this also means you often neglect the physical information provided
by a concrete example. In other words, you may miss the forest for the trees, trying to
deduce something complex when the answer is plain to see.
Intuitive processing is a method that is used by the right hemisphere to process information
based on if it "feels" right or not. For example, a right-brained person may choose an answer
on a test because they had a "gut" feeling and often they will be correct. Another example of
this is how a right-brained person will know the correct answer to a math problem but will not
understand the procedure of how they arrived at the correct answer. A right-brained person
will usually have to start with the answer and work their way backwards in order to be able to
see and understand the parts and process that create the whole.
When you process information using this method, you do not rely on "gut" feelings but take the
information and put it together piece by piece to form your conclusions. You often look at
all of the different bits of information before piecing together your solution. You
probably excel in such tasks as solving math problems and performing science experiments,
because the intuitive method is not needed.
Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with
illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for
right-brained people to "find the right words" in certain situations. A right-brained person
cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to
better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal
processing, a person giving directions may say, "Continue going straight until you see a big,
red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of
miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the
church is the road to the left you need to take." With nonverbal processing, the directions
that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be
given by a left-brained person.
You have little ability in nonverbal processing. When you process your thoughts and ideas you
mainly use words instead of illustrations. For example, if you were giving directions you
may say, "Continue traveling west for 3 miles and turn north at the intersection." You would
give exact, logical directions in a very sequential manner.
Fantasy-oriented processing is used by the right hemisphere as a method for processing
information with creativity. It focuses much less on rules and regulations than the
processing method of a left-brained person. Due to the fantasy-oriented processing mechanism
of a right-brained person, they do not adjust well to change. Instead of adapting to the
change in the environment, a right-brained person attempts to change it back to the way they
liked it. But fantasy-oriented processing also provides the advantage of creativity to
right-brained individuals, and since emotion is integral of the right side of the brain,
anything a fantasy-oriented person becomes involved in emotionally will aid their ability to
You have a low ability to process information in a fantasy-oriented way. You have the
tendency to focus on rules and regulations rather than on creative approaches.
You generally do not have a
problem adjusting to change in the environment. You may lack creativity, but you do not need
to become emotionally involved in tasks in order to complete them.
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