ERIC Number: ED169472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Right Brain Versus Left Brain in Assessing Verbal Abilities.
Turner, Yvonne L.
Research on divergent thinking (mental activity directed to open-end problems for which there is no one correct answer) indicates that the characteristics associated with divergency (fluency of thinking, flexibility of thinking, originality, redefinition, and elaborating) are right brain functions. To assess right brain function and verbal abilities, a study was undertaken in which subjects were directed to redraw 16 identical squares into something as interesting and creative as possible. The subjects were then asked to choose one of the drawings they had produced in the figural test and to write a short story about it. The figural test was scored on fluency, set change, transformation, and originality. The story was scored on fluency and originality. It was found that those subjects high in divergent figural units did significantly better on divergent semantics than did those low in divergent figural units. The reverse was not necessarily true. Those students high in both drawing and creative stories were not necessarily high scorers or average scorers on the Stanford Reading Comprehension test. Those students high on the divergent section made more syntactical than semantic errors on the Reading Miscue Analysis. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association (12th, San Francisco, California, November 9-11, 1978); Structure of Intellect may not reproduce well due to small type