Exercise Your Brain: Invert the Side of Your Mouse-Pad

By Daniel Scocco

It is going to be tough to sell this tip as a blogging one, but I will try!

Most people have an unequal distribution of motor skills between the hands (and legs). That is, they have a dominant hand which is used to write and to accomplish other tasks that require precision.

Scientists have not fully explained what causes some people to be right-handed, and others to be left-handed, but the most accepted theories agree that the explanation is connected to the part of the brain that controls our functions.

By inverting the side of your mouse-pad, you will force yourself to use your non-dominant hand. This, in turn, will stimulate the neural connections between the right and left hemispheres on your brain.

The result? A larger number of nerve fibers connecting your left and right brain hemispheres (this is scientifically proven).

So how come is this related to blogging?

Well, first of all I am sure that all of you use a mouse on a daily basis. Secondly, you also use your brain on a daily basis (hopefully), even to research and write your blog posts. If by using this tip you manage to exercise your brain, therefore, you could indirectly increase the quality of your posts.

Quod erat demonstrandum! (that is a Latin expression for “As we wanted to demonstrate”)



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37 Responses to “Exercise Your Brain: Invert the Side of Your Mouse-Pad”

  • CJ

    This really does help. To routinize it I’ve established alternating “left” and “right” days throughout my week. Also, since my dominant hand is right, I give both weekend days to left. This goes for writing, teeth brushing, opening doors, remote control, mouse pad, holding dog’s leash, eating, anything. It really works; I’ve always been more artistically-inclined and even have a theatre degree, but I recently became interested in mathematics and so began taking classes. Now I’m getting a mathematics graduate degree. Since doing these exercises I’ve found even the most abstruse concepts in my graduate mathematics courses easy to follow. These small steps every day really pay off and add up. We have the most complicated and powerful computer yet known housed inside our skulls, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of its potential.

  • pragyan

    I use a different technique to exercise my right brain.
    I play a lot of PC games ,so i invert the controls every now and then,
    For example: If i play a car racing game, I use my left hand for accelerator,brake,steer left ,steer right and use right hand for shifting gears.

  • medyum

    This is not in reference to using the mouse; however, taking the time, routinely, in the morning and practice writing with your nondominant hand (drawing, taking notes, writing down websites you want to remember, etc.) may help improve your creativity.

  • Vanessa

    I fractured my right wrist abt 7 weeks back, nasty stuff. Had a surgery last week. Cannot use my right hand for 8 more weeks, and after that, start with therapy. Will be using the left hand for 4 more months approx.
    Even though the left hand is controlled by right brain, does use of left hand really stimulate the right brain?? I doubt it.
    Surprisingly i did not have much trouble with using left hand. I could eat properly, type, groom with my left hand pretty easily. Wonder which hand I’ll use when the right is back on track?

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