Side Effects: How Left-Brain Right-Brain Differences Shape Everyday Behaviour

  • 6h 16m 1s
  • Lorin J. Elias
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2022

Understanding how right-brain and left-brain differences influence our habits, thoughts, and actions.

Human behavior is lopsided. When cradling a newborn child, most of us cradle the infant to the left. When posing for a portrait, we tend to put our left cheek forward. When kissing a lover, we tend to tilt our head to the right. Why is our behavior so lopsided and what does this teach us about our brains? How have humans always used this information to make our images more attractive and impactful? Can knowing how left-brain right-brain differences shape our opinions, tendencies, and attitudes help us make better choices in art, architecture, advertising, or even athletics?

Side Effects delves into how lateral biases in our brains influence our everyday behavior, and how being aware of these biases can be to our advantage.

About the Author

Lorin J. Elias, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, and has been studying left-brain right-brain differences for over twenty years. Lorin lives in Saskatoon.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Handedness: Are Left-Handers Always Right?
  • Chapter 2 - Feet, Eyes, Ears, Noses: Starting on the Right Foot
  • Chapter 3 - Words: The Left Isn't Treated Right
  • Chapter 4 - Kissing: Are We Doing It Right?
  • Chapter 5 - Cradling Biases: Are You Holding Your Baby Right?
  • Chapter 6 - Posing Biases: Putting the Best Cheek Forward
  • Chapter 7 - Lighting Biases: Do We Have the Right Lighting?
  • Chapter 8 - Side Effects in Art, Aesthetics, and Architecture
  • Chapter 9 - Gestures: Leftover Behavioural Fossils
  • Chapter 10 - Turning Biases: Things That Go Bump on the Right
  • Chapter 11 - Seating Biases: 2B or Not 2B?
  • Chapter 12 - Sports: Competing the Right Way
  • Afterword