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The divided brain

12 minutes

Our divided brains are far more complex and remarkable than a left/right split

The notion that the brain’s right hemisphere is responsible for emotion and its left hemisphere is responsible for reason has been debunked. But the two hemispheres are indeed distinct, albeit in much more complex ways than we once thought. Animated by Cognitive Media with audio excerpted from a lecture given at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) by the British psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist, The Divided Brain takes a deep dive into the real differences between our two brain hemispheres.

This video is published under the RSA open-access licence. For more information, visit the RSA website’s disclaimer and policies page.

Producer: Abi Stephenson

Video by the RSA

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