RSA Animate - The Divided Brain - RSA

RSA Animate - The Divided Brain

Comment 25 Comments

  • Cognition

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

Join the discussion


Please login to post a comment or reply

Don't have an account? Click here to register.

  • Hi!. Yes, I really think it would be a great idea. It would have a greater effect than the posters with motivating messages.


    I bought Sir Ken Robinson's 'Changing Education Paradigms' PDF and took it to a printers on a USB and he printed it out as an A0 poster, which hangs in my spare room. Hope this helps!

  • This just confirms what Adbusters has been telling us all along: our society is too narrowly focused, and is filled with paranoia and mindless loss of self among information overload as a result.  Thank you for this.

  • we live in our brains upside down,the pictures prjected by the eyes are up side down hence the crossing.

  • What a novel way to present what is normally linear data. It got my right cortex involved in what would traditionally be sequential thinking.

    As far as the content, you may or may not know that since the early 50's (Sperry) and into the 60's (Vogel and Bogen) and 70's (Gazzaniga) data began to accumulate describing subtle changes in personality/consciousness associated with cerebral commissurotomy. Sperry received the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his "split brain" research and it was anticipated that funding would flow from such a profound and fascinating discovery. However, the data was temporally diluted from an incursion into pop psychology and eventually finding its way into the common cultural lexicon.   

    Although I am personally interested in its effect upon the field of evolutionary biology, I would expect it to have implications in the fields of medicine, mental health, psychotherapy, behavioral neurophysiology, cognition, artificial intelligence, psychology of religion and many other disciplines.

Related articles

  • The brain economy

    Harris A Eyre Anika Sinha Erin Smith Sandra B Chapman Alan Kirman Cara Altimus Marion Leboyer William Hynes

    An economy based around psychological and cognitive wellness would enable us to create a stronger, more resilient future

  • Boosting global confidence amid Covid-19

    Dr. Ian H. Robertson Dr. Harris A. Eyre Dr. William Hynes

    How can a brain-based framework boost our confidence as individuals and communities?

  • Children need to be seen and heard

    Suzette Shahmoon FRSA

    Suzette Shahmoon FRSA on the importance of daily parent child interaction.