right brain


Definition of right brain

: the right cerebral hemisphere of the human brain especially when viewed in terms of its predominant thought processes (such as creativity and intuitive thinking)

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Other Words from right brain

right-brained \ ˈrīt-​ˈbrānd How to pronounce right-brained (audio) \ adjective

Examples of right brain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, the right brain waves can drive microglia to consume the toxic protein deposits. Quanta Magazine, "Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment," 27 May 2020 While the right brain is associated with adapting to novel, unfamiliar situations, the left side of the brain is generally more engaged during habitual or routine tasks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study with jazz improv musicians sheds light on creativity and the brain," 10 Apr. 2020 Brain Balance claims that a right brain weakness can cause impulsivity and anxiety, while a left brain weakness can lead to poor math or reading skills. NBC News, "Parents pay thousands for 'brain training' to help kids with ADHD and autism. But does it work?," 20 Dec. 2019 The original philosophy was figuring out what Liv was doing in each episode and let’s find the right brain for this moment. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "iZombie finally goes full noir — but showrunner Rob Thomas had nothing to do it," 11 July 2019 For instance, empathy, creativity, and intuition—often considered right brain skills—are obviously essential qualities to a person inclined toward integrating social impact into their values. Kathy Bloomgarden, Fortune, "How Purpose-Driven Companies Address Business’s Greatest Challenges," 19 June 2019 Ah, to enjoy Myles without counting syllables Left-right brain movement -- C. Rucker *** Follow James Freeman on Twitter. James Freeman, WSJ, "The American Wage Boom," 31 Oct. 2018 Animals process threatening stimuli in their right brain-hemisphere, using their left eye, so the direction of the horse's gaze revealed their read of the photograph. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Horses Can Read and Remember People's Emotions," 29 Apr. 2018 The left brain and the right brain were both incredibly full. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "As ‘Angels’ spins forward, original Harper looks back," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of right brain

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Right brain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20brain. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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right brain


Medical Definition of right brain

: the right cerebral hemisphere of the human brain especially when viewed in terms of its predominant thought processes (as creativity and intuitive thinking)

Other Words from right brain

right-brained \ -​ˈbrānd How to pronounce right-brained (audio) \ adjective

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