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The Brain Dominance Inventory



The Brain Dominance Inventory examines and reports your learning style in terms of which side of the brain you prefer to use for processing information.


Brain dominance theory is based on research showing that persons use different sides of their brains to process different kinds of information.


All persons use both sides of their brains holistically, but most individuals tend to prefer learning strategies associated with one side or the other. Such individuals are considered to be left-brain dominant or right-brain dominant. Some have about even preferences and are considered to have bilateral dominance.


The left side of the brain:

  • processes verbal, abstract, analytical information in a linear, sequential manner,
  • looks at differences and contrasts, seeing small signs that represent the whole, and
  • concerns itself with reasoning abilities such as math and language.

The right side of the brain:

  • processes non-verbal, concrete, and spatial information,
  • looks at similarities in patterns, forming a whole picture, and processing parts in relationship to the whole, and
  • concerns itself with artistic abilities such as music and graphics.

The brain dominance inventory consists of a series of 37 preference statements in two sections.


The statements appear in pairs, offering alternative ways of learning or doing things. You indicate your preference by clicking on the box next to the statement of your choice or by clicking on the box marked “Both”.


Result: Your responses are scored and reported as:

  • Right brain dominance
  • Left brain dominance
  • Bilateral brain dominance

The program records the brain dominance results associated with your name. These results will be combined with the results of other inventories to report your overall learning style.

Taking the Inventory

Click on Brain Dominance Inventory to take the inventory now. When you have finished the inventory, the computer will ask you to type in your name so that it can record your results along with the results of other inventories in your personal learning style profile. To review the results of the inventory at any time, click on Learning Style Profile .


To see how your personality type correlates with other learning style factors to make up your overall learning style:


Your overall learning style

See also

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