Why is the right brain/left brain theory (lateralization) being criticized as psuedo-science by leading psychologists and brain scholars? Students will explore this popularized theory in depth by partaking in a fun survey, experiencing firsthand how split brain patients feel, and analyzing the claims and counterarguments presented by leading brain scientists and psychologists today.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Take a Bell Ringer Survey that tells them supposedly whether they are left-brained or right-brained.
2) Watch a short video clip that also asks students to answer questions that help them determine supposedly whether they are right brained or left brained.
3) Read a short introduction piece that explains the theory of lateralization and recent thoughts about the theory.
4) Watch a ten minute video clip about the research that helped bring about the theory of lateralization.
5) Perform a short experiential activity that makes students feel like split-brain patients.
6) Research and analyze sources that are critical of the right brain left brain angle of the lateralization theory.
7) Present their findings to the class while classmates take notes on these findings.
8) Conclude with an exit ticket that asks them about their thoughts about laterlization and why it is so criticized today.
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