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ERIC Number: ED236628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
Fantasy and the Brain's Right Hemisphere.
Shuman, R. Baird
While the left hemisphere of the brain is responsible for logical and verbal activity, the right brain is the center of much of human feeling and emotion. Its vision is holistic rather than segmented or compartmentalized. Although schools today are geared almost exclusively to training the brain's left hemisphere, fantasy literature can provide children with the opportunity to engage the whole brain. As fantasy demands visualization, it immediately engages the right hemisphere. Having developed a strong background in fantasy literature, most children begin school with a good base on which teachers can build. In the early grades, fairy tales, fables, and myths should make up the storytelling and reading activities. During the middle school or junior high school years, myths such as the Icarus or Hercules legends will interest students, and as they pass through various stages of initiation the Arthurian legend will appeal to them. Science fiction is another popular type of fantasy. The study of such literature can jar students out of linear thinking, help them to synthesize ideas, and encourage them to think holistically. The teacher who is aware of how the two hemispheres of the brain operate is in an excellent position to help students achieve the kind of independent and original thinking that will result in fuller and more productive lives. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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