How Right-Left Brain Hemispheres Were Discovered — And Then Misunderstood


In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Helen Shen recounts the history of how neuroscientists first discovered that the human brain had right and left hemispheres with seemingly unique functions, and how that scientific view has since been superseded even as the general public has held on and oversimplified it.

Inner Workings: Discovering the split mind (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 23, 2014)

Support MIA

MIA relies on the support of its readers to exist. Please consider a donation to help us provide news, essays, podcasts and continuing education courses that explore alternatives to the current paradigm of psychiatric care. Your tax-deductible donation will help build a community devoted to creating such change.

Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

Billing Details

Donation Total: $20 One Time


  1. I really hate things like that: people with close to zero knowledge and scientific understanding taking a complex and not completely investigated idea and spreading it as “people who are using their left-hemisphere more are artistic” or some bs like that. Like what psychiatrists do with basically everything in neuroscience.

    Report comment