Summary of The Divided Brain

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Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist offers a lucid, well-informed talk on the nature of the divided brain. This cleverly animated though busy video by the RSA serves both to entertain and to underscore McGilchrist’s key points. getAbstract suggests that reflective individuals inquiring into the nature of the mind would enjoy this talk.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What false perceptions have circulated about the divided brain,
  • How the divided brain really works and
  • How the two sides of the brain interact.

About the Speaker

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and author of The Master and His Emissary.



In the 1960s, after the “first split-brain operations,” a number of misconceptions circulated. People believed that only the brain’s left hemisphere controlled language and reason, and that only the right governed images and emotion. These...

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