by Alex Rodabaugh
During a spring break road trip to Disney Land, I helped my friend navigate to the exit of magical adventures. As we came to the exit I reported, “Now, take a left… a left… LEFT! LEFT!!” And as our car sped in the wrong direction she screamed back, “I AM TURNING LEFT!!” We missed the exit because, for some reason, I had confused my left with my right. This scene has been recreated throughout my life from simple misdirection to being slightly confused when learning dances as I put up the wrong arm or place the wrong leg in front.
Left and right confusion comes from the parietal lobe of our brain, and according to a website hosted by Eric H. Chulder, the director of Education and Outreach at the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials, it is more common than you might think. He states, according to his sources, that nearly 20% of college professors and over 26% of college students have difficulty identifying right from left either occasionally, frequently or all the time. On the website, Right – Left Confusion you can take a test to get a feel for your own left and right confusion and see how well our parietal lobe is performing.