Getting the big picture is critical for critical thinking, and in this latest research from Tufts, it confirms what you might suspect - that it takes both sides of the brain to recognize the big picture. May that is why inference is so hard for many students to figure out.
Remember, this is quite different from the causal judgment pattern seen below and discussed in a previous post (predominant left hemisphere).
The cognitive activities required for inference are all important ones for critical analysis and creative thinking - including, but not limited to the recognition of patterns and ambiguities, decision-making, organization and prioritization, and even empathy. Inference is definitely something that many students need to practice or learn with specific examples. We've included some inference teaching tips and links below.
fMRI of Inference in Discourse
Art of Questioning
Teaching Inference, Interpretation and Analysis
Reading Skills: Inference eMINTS
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Causal Judgment