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What is Dual-Brain Psychology?
In his book 'Of Two
Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain Psychology', Dr. Fredric Schiffer describes a study in which two pairs of goggles
were shown to cause an increase in activity in the two hemispheres of the brain.
Fredric Schiffer suggests that, for some people, a
pair of these goggles may stimulate their conscious or ‘more mature’ mind.
"In this experiment, different
emotional responses were elicited in normal persons when movies were directed
to one hemisphere or the other. This experiment prompted Schiffer
to construct two sets of eyeglasses:
One with lenses that were opaque except at the extreme left
One with lenses that were opaque
except at the extreme right side.
The glasses directed
all visual input to a single hemisphere of the brain. Schiffer
asked patients to put on one set of glasses and tell him what they
experienced. He then asked them to put on the other set of glasses and tell
him what they experienced. He observed that for a substantial number of
patients, one set of glasses tended to have a calming effect, whereas the
other set caused patients to feel depressed, edgy, anxious, or agitated.
With the use of the glasses, Schiffer developed a psychotherapeutic approach that involved
speaking directly to the troubled mind (hemisphere). Over time, he observed
clinical improvement. Schiffer states, ``The aim of
`dual-brain' therapy is to mend the archaic, destructive ideas and emotions
of the mind on the troubled side, to teach it that it is safer and more
valuable than it learned during some traumatic experiences.... I teach
patients how to recognize and listen for the mind in their troubled
hemisphere, and then how to speak to it -- out loud!''