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The brain’s left and right hemispheres have come under extensive study, most recently

beginning in the 1990s. The little film from Generation Connect reflects the Butterfly model of

care developed by Dr. David Sheard in 1995. Around the same time others were also looking at

uses and effects of music and the environment on care in residences.

In 1997, Thomas Kitwood’s, Dementia Reconsidered focussed on this new type of care and the

qualifications of those giving care. More recently, Atal Gawande’s Being Mortal, again expressed

the need for a new model of care.

By far the most recent massive study in this area was Dr. Iain McGilchrist’s 2010, The Master

and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

In his book, McGilchrist, psychiatrist, doctor and former Oxford literary scholar, takes a wideranging

and deep look at how our brain develops and how it has become unbalanced, with the

secondary function (left brain, the emissary) usurping the primary function (right brain, The

Master). In effect, how the ‘task’ has become separated from the reason/need for the task. Form

without function.

It is the right side of the brain which conceptualizes and comprehends context, the bigger

picture, the expansive field in which actions and their consequences can be imagined. It is the

space where music, imagination, poetry, beauty, transcendental experience and the mystic soul

live and breathe. It is non-quantifiable. It can’t be measured. It can only be experienced. Actions

and ideas may arise from it, but action is not it’s main concern.

And it is not, as the little film shows, effected by dementia.

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