October 20, 2007

Right Brain Left Brain Test
Hanoi, Vietnam

I found the simple test so interesting, I had to republish it.

Below is an image of a dancer spinning. Is she spinning clockwise, or counter-clockwise?

Most people see the dancer spin counter-clockwise. If you see the dancer spinning clockwise you are right brain dominant.

The site where this was found continues, "most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise, though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it."

Left Brain Functions

  • uses logic
  • detail oriented
  • facts rule
  • words and language
  • present and past
  • math and science
  • can comprehend
  • knowing
  • acknowledges
  • order/pattern perception
  • knows object name
  • reality based
  • forms strategies
  • practical
  • safe

Right Brain Functions

  • uses feeling
  • "big picture" oriented
  • imagination rules
  • symbols and images
  • present and future
  • philosophy and religion
  • can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
  • believes
  • appreciates
  • spatial perception
  • knows object function
  • fantasy based
  • presents possibilities
  • impetuous
  • risk taking

If Tatiana wasn't sitting next to me, telling me she sees the dancer spinning counter-clockwise, I'm not sure I would have believed it—but for the life of me I can't get the dancer in the image to spin any direction but clockwise (right brain dominant).

…How about you?



November 1st, 2007

Shocked me when I saw this on your page. Must have been in a right brain mode, for she was spinning clockwise. I was able to change it, and then back again in about a 5 minute timeframe.

When I first saw this on another friend's blog several weeks ago, I could only see counter-clockwise and could only see the reverse once, for a 5 second period.

It's quite accurate as I've grown my right brain traits significantly over the past decade so I can say I'm fairly balanced when it comes to which side is dominant.


November 1st, 2007

Heya Craig. This image has had me baffled since the first time that I saw it. I see the dancer in both directions (although not simultaneously).

If I look away to the side so that it is only in my peripheral vision, and then tell myself which direction she is turning in, get that image in my head and look back, I can see it in that direction.

Staring at her feet / shadow starts her invariably turning anti-clockwise. I've stared at it so long now that she randomly changes directions on me.

Not sure which side of the brain I'm using, perhaps it just means that I have a foot fetish.

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Craig | travelvice.com

November 1st, 2007

@Brodie: Ha!


November 1st, 2007

Yep, same as Brodie (well, not the foot fetish).

I only saw her spinning clockwise for awhile, and I was going to stop, but then I thought, "why the hell can't I see it?" I looked at the pic from my peripheral vision at it changed. Bah…double-sided, I guess.

Katie M

November 4th, 2007

I too see the dancer in both directions, each time I look away for a minute and then look back she's going a different way…fun, fun. You're brother made me laugh when I read his "Bah" … I forgot how you guys say that all that time …


November 5th, 2007

Watch her foot shadows if you are having trouble making look like she is spinning counter-clockwise.


November 6th, 2007

If she spins clockwise her weight rests on her left leg, if she spins counter clockwise her weight rests on her right leg. The image changes direction. Am I the only one that wasn't drunk? Brook.

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