Thursday, 11 October 2007

UPDATE: The question of whether this actually tells you whether you're left or right brained has come up (I wondered myself how legitimate of a brain test this could actually be), and a post right here on greengabbro.net offers a reasonable and well-written explanation as to why it likely does not, in fact, tell you much of anything about your personality or brain. There's also some links to some interesting auditory "illusions" that I found quite interesting. But still, regardless of the braininess of the image, please enjoy playing with the illusion below. It's true that it can be seen turning either way (it's an illusion). But it's also still very interesting that different people see it different ways on the first try, or more often than not the first several tries.


The Herald Sun, a newspaper in Australia, has a cool page up with an animated image that can tell you whether you are right- or left-brained. Here is the original page, with the details.

Look at the image below. Which way is the dancer model turning, clockwise or counterclockwise?

Most people see it turning counterclockwise, which is correlated to being left-brained. If you see it turning clockwise, you're right-brained. Can you make it change directions? for some it can be difficult to impossible. I can get it to change briefly if I really try (I see it turning counterclockwise).

Here's what they say it all means:

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 & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

 How's it look to you? What do you think?



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Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:23:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Apparently I am well integrated in my old age....I first saw clockwise, immediately saw counter clockwise, and can move between the two at will.....so what does THAT mean :) mom
mom
Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:30:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
@mom - I think that means you're multi-personality. Better get that checked out. :)
Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:54:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Like you, Greg, it's counter-clockwise for me and after some intense focus I was able to get it to go clockwise, but only for a short time. After it going clockwise, if I change my focus away from the computer screen and then back again, it's always counter-clockwise. Very cool!
Thursday, 11 October 2007 12:23:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
There is a similar thing in the Natural History Museum in London (a spinning cube) and you should be able to switch from clockwise to anti-clockwise just by blinking after staring at it for a while.

Same thing happens here, I can switch back and forth but saw clockwise first.
Thursday, 11 October 2007 13:28:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I don't buy it! I think the picture changes direction!
Thursday, 11 October 2007 14:37:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Clockwise for me although if I look a few inches below the picture it switches to counterclockwise.

Although the left brained personality seems to fit me better (some would argue about the logic part though).

Alex
Thursday, 11 October 2007 16:34:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hmm... all I see are boobs!
Jeff Odell
Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:19:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Clockwise, and only clockwise for me... you people who see it goin counter, are weird. Get your eyes checked, you might have brain cancer or something! haha Oh and, nipples!
Dave M
Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:21:15 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Oh crap! I can see it going CounterClockwise now...
Dave M
Friday, 12 October 2007 04:40:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
First i saw it only counterclockwise, apparently this is how my brain works.

However, over the years I've taught my brain to google for stuff, so...

To get it changing direction, just cover with your hand the upper part and focus only on the legs.
Try closing your eyes a couple of times. It should do the trick ;)

When she's spinning counterclockwise, she jumps on the right foot and rotates the left one. Obviously when she's spinning clockwise, she jumps on the left foot and rotates the right one.

And first I only saw the nipples too :)
Ovidiu
Friday, 12 October 2007 10:42:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
It only moves clockwise! You guys that see anything different are simply losing your grip on reality!

Basically, when I cover all but the bottom quarter inch of the picture, the shadow of the foot clearly moves from right to left. That would only happen if the image was moving in a clockwise rotation.

You guys shouldn't feel too bad, most people's grip loosens as they get older. ;)
Steve Sexton
Friday, 12 October 2007 11:27:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hmm, it started counter clockwise for me, then after some staring the other way around. Only after looking somewhere else for ten seconds it came back counter clockwise, my will doesn't seem strong enough to change it though :)
Friday, 12 October 2007 12:37:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I see CCW first, but can switch. I opened up two side by side, and I can, with a little effort, see one spinning CCW and the other CW. Yay for me?
Terry
Friday, 12 October 2007 13:15:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I started with clockwise, but as I was scrolling down in the ol' RSS reader it turned counterclockwise. Definitely that trick of covering up the top half so you can focus only on the legs is what does it. Of course, I discovered it by accident rather than Googling for it...
Saturday, 13 October 2007 04:20:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
It's moving clockwise for me. No matter how hard I try, I can't get it to turn counterclockwise. Hmmmmm...
Saturday, 13 October 2007 18:02:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I started clockwise and as I started to read down it changed to counterclockwise. Cool!
dian crawford
Sunday, 14 October 2007 04:18:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I started out counterclockwise but then it switched to clockwise. Now I can switch back and forth between the two. But I have to cheat to do that, so my will alone is not strong enough. Briefly looking at her feet will make her turn clockwise and briefly looking at the upper right corner of the monitor will make her turn counterclockwise again.
Which makes me wonder if this really has anything to do with being a left-brain or right-brain person.
Florian Zschocke
Monday, 22 October 2007 21:20:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
The left-brain/right-brain stuff is hooey, and you can see why it must be with a little knowledge of neural anatomy and a simple experiment.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 07:00:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
@Yami - thanks for the link. Good stuff, I will update the post.

Still, it's fun though. :)
Sunday, 04 November 2007 20:12:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
It really changes in OUR MIND. I have downloaded the image and decomposed the gif animated picture and I see there's is no trick involved. Do it yourself, it's amazing.
Max Herment
Thursday, 22 November 2007 13:23:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I can get her to do half a turn each direction and swich back and forth. Need to go a bit crosseyed for it to work though
Patrice
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 12:43:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
yeah I only see clockwise but in her reflexion I see counter so...
Deborah
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 12:09:18 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I dont get it. Where should i look?
Eric Karlsson
Friday, 30 May 2008 09:22:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
At first she moved both counter and clockwise for me, then she moved clockwise. I looked away and she started moving counter -clockwise .......... Then I got her to move clockwise again. Now she's counter, I'm trying to get her to go clockwise. Not a bad away to waste a Friday evening?
Jainne
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