Friday, October 12, 2007

Are you Right Brained or Left Brained?

Go here and tell me which way the dancer is spinning.

For me, it was very clear that she was spinning counter clockwise.
Cees was just as sure that she was going clockwise.
This made it more interesting, so I decided to ask the other kids.

Tim saw clockwise.
Tara saw clockwise.
Jane was very definite: she said that the dancer was going both ways.
Kate said clockwise.
Erik clockwise.
Sylvia is clockwise too.

We all (apart from Sylvia) were able to train ourselves to see the other direction. It took me ages the first time though. Now I can do it mostly at will, with some concentration.

Interesting how all the kids but Jane immediately saw clockwise, and how it was extremely clearly counterclockwise for me. Jane had no trouble seeing both directions at once, and didn't seem to have a dominant direction.

What about you? Clockwise or counter clockwise? Are you able to make her turn direction?

22 comments:

Epijunky said...

Clockwise for me... VERY clockwise... Like I can't get it to change directions. I'm still trying :)

After reading the description of a rightsided brain, it's me. Makes total sense.

Annelies said...

Clockwise!
Ik kan m alleen andersom laten draaien als ik NIET naar het plaatje kijk maar naar de tekst ernaast. Vanuit mijn ooghoeken zie ik de danser dan de andere kant op draaien. Als ik wil kijken draait ze weer gewoon met de klok mee....

Flame said...

it was going...both ways. It's actually weird. Originally, I saw clockwise, then I decided to wave my hands...suddenly, it's going in other way! I wave my hands again, change!

Then I decided to wave my hand continuously, it's like she's swiveling from left to right, then right to left. and so on. Weiiiiiiiiird.

iliana said...

I am clearly ambi-brained. Eeeeeee!

Alice the Brit said...

counter clockwise to a fault - can't for the life of me make her go clockwise, tried squinting, standing on my head, looking over my shoulder.... nothing but counter clockwise, does that make me a genius ?? ;)

I am so left-brain, it's not funny!

Alice the Brit

Shel said...

I could only see it clockwise. I tried and tried to make it counter clockwise, but I couldn't do it.

flyingfisher said...

Ha. It started going counterclockwise and a split second later it was going clockwise for a while. Then it started going the other direction. So I said to myself how can I make it change? And then it went two rotations in one direction, then two in the other direction over and over again. Do I like Iliana's ambi-brain! A lot better than saying "monovision" for using two contact lenses, one for close up and one for distance. I wonder if you're ambi-brained if you can adapt quickly to this monovision scheme. ;-) A whole nother issue.

mathmom said...

Counter-clockwise for me, though I can make her switch with great effort. I've seen this before, but I've never seen it described as a left/right brain test. But I do think I am more left brained than right, so I guess it works for me.

My oldest saw counter-clockwise first though and he's quite right-brained IMO. And my middle son saw clockwise first, and I'd say he's more left-brained So I don't think it works for them.

They were both able to make it switch also, but not easily

mathmom said...

by the way, if you're having trouble getting it to go the other way, try it on an older computer whose animation is a bit choppy. I found that at the times when it went choppy for a second, that was when it was easiest for me to switch over.

Dee D said...

It won't go clockwise; just like my brain doesn't really work at all on the "right side". :)

Chris said...

Clockwise, and I can not even fathom how it can turn directions.

mathmom said...

try looking at the text to the right or left of the image, and just looking at the girl out of your peripheral vision. When I do that, she seems to be going back-and-forth. Usually when I look back at her, she keeps going the way she was going when I looked away, but I have been able to use that approach to make her switch directions too.

Keppy said...

Clockwise, clockwise, clockwise and I STILL can't get her to change at will... Sometimes I glance and she's counter but it bounces right back. VERY interesting!!!

NannyOgg said...

Interesting.

In the beginning, I used to have her change directions by looking at her shadow instead of at her, and use her shadow foot to imagine going the other way. It took a while, but that worked for me.

Later I tried Annelies's method, works for me too.

I asked my hubby, he sees clockwise too. So I guess I have proven that I am surrounded by people who all think very differently from me.

Karen

Wendy said...

Counter clockwise initially, then once I saw it going clockwise, I couldn't see it going the other way. My very right brained husband saw it going clockwise and clockwise only.

Guenosdias! said...

Here via Notes from the Trenches. Hi! I see it going counter-clockwise and cannot, no matter the effort, see it the other way. I guess I'm logical AND stubborn. Very cool! Like your site!

Shelley said...

To me, she is very clearly turning counter-clockwise, and no matter how hard I try, I can't see her going the other way. How frustrating.

txmommy said...

clockwise for me too, I couldn't make her change. Strange!

veganbaby said...

Clcikwise. Couldn't make it yet.

aka_Meritt said...

Absolutely clock wise for me and try as I might I can't get her to go counter clockwise.

Yet I asked my 11 year old and she laughed at me - said she was turning counter clockwise.

Jamie said...

I saw clockwise at first, but the qualities of a right-brained person don't really match me, then, I saw her out of the corner of my eye going counter-clockwise. I watched her for a minute and then she switched direction in mid-spin. Weird!

Anonymous said...

At first it went counterclockwise very disctintively. Whenever I looked away slightly (like focusing on the text on the left) she'd turn direction. Then I'd stare at her and look away again, and as soon as she was in my peripheral vision, she'd be spinning in the other direction again.
Ambi-brained?