In This Course...

The topic of the divided brain (the differences between the left and right hemispheres) is a captivating topic for anyone involved in mental health, and indeed for most of us with one of these complex things in our head! One of the greatest books I have read on the topic is The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist, whom I consider one of the great intellects of our time. This short course is my very humble attempt at summarizing some of the important points that are brought out in the book.

  • Series of videos by Matthew Dahlitz

  • Short online quiz after each video to test your learning

  • 1.5 hour certificate of completion

  • The different ways the two hemispheres experience the world

  • Why the left hemisphere should serve the right hemisphere

  • What would the world be like if the left hemisphere was completely dominant?

  • Is the left shaping our culture in the West?

  • What we can learn from non-Western cultures.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Introduction

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    The Divided Brain

    • In 2 Minds

    • In 2 Minds Quiz

    • On the Right

    • On the Right Quiz

    • Right Perception

    • Right Perception Quiz

    • The Left Should Serve The Right

    • The Left Should Serve The Right Quiz

    • The Relationship Between the Hemispheres

    • Relationship Between the Hemispheres Quiz

    • Is The Left Taking Over?

    • Is The Left Taking Over? Quiz

  • 3

    Part 2

    • What We Might Learn From Oriental Culture

    • What We Might Learn From Oriental Culture Quiz

    • If The Left Had Total Dominance

    • If The Left Had Total Dominance Quiz

    • Summary

  • 4

    Next Steps...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...


CEO The Science of Psychotherapy

Matthew Dahlitz

Matthew Dahlitz is both university trained and an autodidact whose knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business. He has studied psychology at the University of Queensland with a Master of Counselling degree specializing in neuropsychotherapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, has taught post-graduate courses in neuropsychotherapy, and is author of the book The Psychotherapists’s Essential Guide to the Brain. Matthew has also studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both music technology and master of composition. He has scored for film and produced a number of albums of original music and played producer in a film production company. Matthew has also been an Advanced Care Paramedic for a decade, managed commercial property and property development projects in the tens of millions of dollars, founded the Age of Robots site that reports on the technology and the social and psychological impacts of this second machine age, and runs a media and publishing company with an emphasis on great story telling.