I am finding that the more I read about the concept of left brain/right brain processing and associated functions, the more confused I become as to the current state of affairs. What I gather is that it is a complex and evolving topic, and although there is a tendency towards lateralization of certain brain functions, many of the broad generalizations prevalent in pop-psychology are flawed.
My concern is that I am going to be following a method that may rely on outdated theory, and I hesitate to record information as “fact,” without first exercising due diligence, by verifying information with actual scientific research and refraining from using Wikipedia and random blogs as resources.
And, although I find this concept very intriguing and am interested to know more, I would prefer to spend my time learning to draw and sharing my experience, rather than sourcing out and reading scientific journals.
So, my disclaimer is this:
I am going to be working through the exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and at times will be referring to the underlying theory as it is, as presented by Edwards, and if there are occasional holes present in her theory, I am not going to be too concerned. From what I have read so far, I believe most of what she has written is considered an accurate representation of the science; and indeed the most contentious issue I can surmise surrounding this topic is still the “location controversy,” which as noted in the preceding post, was pro-actively addressed in later editions as new scientific developments came to light. Although criticism regarding her application of scientific research does exist, I have yet to read a review that does not support the efficacy of her methods. And ultimately, this is what is most important to me.
That all being said, I do very much appreciate fact-based knowledge and if I refer to theory that is outdated or erroneously applied, I welcome comments and critique highlighting more accurate information.
And now…To the drawing board!