Psychometric Scales regarding LH and RH activity

  • Psychometric Scales regarding LH and RH activity

    Posted by Sebastian Ehmann on October 7, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Hello everyone,

    I am a researcher in psychology, working at the intersection of mindfulness and psychedelics and researching them in the context of phenomenology, psychology, and philosophy. I am currently planning a new cross-sectional project, and I wondered if there are any psychometric scales capturing LH/RH dominant individuals. As there is so much misunderstanding, I wonder if there are any scales Iain would consider appropriate to add helpful information to the literature. Thanks a lot!

    Sebastian

    Sebastian Ehmann replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Matt Dorsey

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Sebastian,

    That’s incredibly interesting. Before I got into Chinese / Integrative medicine, I did a BS in psychology and was considering doing a master’s so that I could do psychedelic research (and/or become a therapist).

    I’m not familiar with any psychometric scales that are used for this purpose, but I wonder if you could also use some kind of test that can infer L/H balance.

    For example, you could assess novel metaphor comprehension. In the paper ‘Activating the Right Hemisphere Through Left-Hand Muscle Contraction Improves Novel Metaphor Comprehension’, the researchers demonstrated that repeated left hand contraction was in fact able to increase volunteer’s ability to pick up on new metaphors.

    • Sebastian Ehmann

      Member
      October 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      Hey Matt, thanks for your reply!

      Unfortunately, with the type of study design, I am doing, I am constrained to a questionnaire-type format. I know it is not optimal, but I wondered if there are some decent ones. There are a couple of learning and thinking styles that assess self-reported behaviors related to intuitivity, etc. The most promising I have found so far was the youth SOLAT (Style of Learning and Thinking). However, the scientific credibility is not really validated, and I have difficulty finding the full version in the first place. I was even thinking about using something like this https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.756079/full

      However, I am aware of its suboptimality of it. I wish Iain had some insight on this.

      Best,

      Sebastian