Credit the right side of your brain if you are artistically gifted, good at spatial perception and skilled in the synthesis of information to see the big picture. Blame the right side of your brain if you feel deficient in any of these fields. Enhance your right brain function with a variety of creativity building exercises.
Take advantage of visual games, such as those at Lumosity.com, to stimulate your visual perception. While many Internet-based games are colorful, Lumosity features games scientifically tested and shown to increase cognitive function.
Complete drawing exercises, such as the one taken from "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. You will better understand how left brain function can interfere with right brain activities.
Assemble jigsaw puzzles as a tool to exercise spatial perception (how the pieces relate to each other), color and shape analysis, and synthesis (how the pieces relate to the final picture). Although a simplistic tool, a jigsaw puzzle provides a variety of stimuli to enhance right brain function, which "functions in a non-verbal manner and excels in visual, spatial, perceptual and intuitive information," according to Michael Pitek of The Performance Group.
Practice with measuring tools to strengthen your understanding of distances and improve your ability to estimate spatial relationships. Find personal tools to help you estimate distances. How long is your arm, from shoulder to fingertip? From elbow to fingertip? Your hand from wrist to fingertip? How wide is your footprint? How long? How long is your stride?
On the next level, how many strides wide is your living room? How many hands long is your automobile? Relate what you know to what you are trying to measure to build spatial awareness, an important aspect of right brain function, according to neuroskills.com.
View the ever-shifting designs of a kaleidoscope. Can you make a connection between your movement and the change of pattern? Try to predict the effect of your next action on the image before you.
Go cloud watching. The childhood game of looking for shapes in the clouds exercises the imagination, one of the "12 Simple Ways to Supercharge Your Brain," from Shilpan Patel of Success Soul.
- Challenge your brain as often as possible with quizzes and brain games. Crossword puzzles, hidden word games, hidden picture searches and similar puzzles will give your brain a cognitive workout. Read books that provide exercise for your mind. Consider mysteries and puzzle books as additions to your reading list, as well as instructional books. Drink plenty of water.
- Remember, your goal is to improve your right-brain functionality. Do not expect to become DaVinci overnight. Look for signs of progress, not instant genius. Keep on task and your progress will continue. Do not quit on a particular exercise if you have trouble. Look at it as the place where you can make the most dramatic difference in your skills once you master the task. There may be a charge involved for creative enhancement sites. Take advantage of free trial periods, if available, to determine if the site offers tools of use to you.
Mary Beth Magee began her writing career with an article in the "New Orleans Times-Picayune" more than 40 years ago. She has been published in local and national media, including "Real Estate Today" and "Just Praising God." Magee holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology, with a focus on adult learning, from Elmhurst College.