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RE: Right side of the brain

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Rich Stephen J Contr ACC/CEVP (
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 09:00:12 -0400

Hi Leigh,

Those are good observations Leigh. I'm glad to find other
people interested in this line of research. I challenge the conclusion
of why children recover better from left brain trauma than adults in
similiar situations. I think that may have more do with the remarkable
recoperative ability children have altogether. Children heal from
injury faster, you can revive them from being we get older
we start losing the ability to heal.
On the other hand, you can argue that the workings of the brain
is different than a broken arm. In that case I still have input I can
contribute. In one of my lifes (I couldn't settle with being one thing)I'm
a computer scientist who does numerous experiments with Artificial
Intelligence. When I train a 'neural network' to recogize a pattern - like
a face for instance - it is easier for it to compensate for major changes to
the pattern early on in the training then later. If you can picture the
brain like a giant computer that is constantly rewiring itself to make
itself better and more efficent, than the model I make of the brain holds
true. A child's brain is less set (the mold isn't dry) - the other side of
the brain is still able to compensate and learn new functions if injury
occurs to its partner half.

P.S. - Leigh, is linguistics another word for 'semiotics'/science of the
sign/signifier|signified? If so, do you know the names of the founding
members of that research?

-----Original Message-----
From: The Colliers [atla]
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 1999 12:27 AM
Subject: Re: Right side of the brain

Hi there,
It's Leigh, Tracey from Durban's daughter
I'm going to b majoring in linguistics next year at university and I was
talking to a friend of my mother's who has her Master's degree. sahe
told me that as a child, linguistics is located on the right side of the
brain and as the child passes through puberty, it is actually relocated
(don't ask me how!) to the left side of the brain (more specifically the
left temporal lobe). This is why a child can suffer trauma to the right
side of the brain and still learn to talk at a later stage whereas an
adult who suffers trauma to the left side of the brain has minimal
chances of regaining the ability to talk.
Hope this helps

(also from Durban)
> as left/right brain differences.
> Also, I noticed in book "Drawing on the Right Side
> of the Brain" the author says that linguistics is
> primarily located on the left side of the brain. This
> is the opposite of where Howard Gardner says linguistics is housed in his
> book, "Multiple Intelligences" (which I recommend). I tend to go with
> Gardner, but does anyone have harder data on where linguistics are
> Has anyone done any work or studies on right side of the brain activities?
> I'm working through "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" and I am
> having LOTS of fun with it.
> Just wondered if anyone had any thoughts on this or any other reading
> material to recommend.
> Thanks!