Thursday, 17 June 2010

Left Brain - Right Brain?

I was logged into my Photobucket account the other day and there was this animated GIF of a dancer spinning around with the words:

 "Which way does she spin? Are you left brained or right - Click to find out"

I clicked and it took me to some bloody advert not even related to the sodding quiz. (pissed!)

So, I did a little research and found a few articles on the  subject.

Here's one using the same image

When I first saw that animated dancer on Photobucket she was spinning to the left but on the link above she span to the right and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't see her spinning in the opposite direction unless I could see her in the corner of my eye. Then I could make her spin left or right at will.

I have no idea why I can only do that from my peripheral vision or what that means.

The theory is that we are either left or right brain thinkers and depending on which side of your brain dominates your thought process your have different ways of evaluating things or are more inclined to be a logical thinker or an analytical thinker.

Left brain types are apparently more logical, whereas right brain are more intuitive and feeling. 

From a more comprehensive list of attributes I am definitely more Left Brained despite the fact that apparently right brained people are more creative. 

IMO you can't pigeon hole people in black and white boxes. We're generally a mixture of good and bad, right and wrong, logical and creative and so on.

Heres a test if you give a crap:

And I answered 0 Right Brain questions and 18 (100%) Left:

You responded as a right brained person to 0 questions, and you responded as a left brained person to 18questions. According to the Hemispheric Dominance test, you use your left brain the most. The summary briefly describes your dominance type. Remember, this only represents half of the picture. After you read the description, click on the link at the bottom of the page to find out how to use this information to improve your study strategies. 

Some of the traits associated with the left side of the brain are listed in the table. Not all of the traits will apply to you. Remember, we use both side of our brain, but your left sides gets the most exercise.

Type of Cognitive Processing
Brief Description
LinearProcessing information from part to whole; in a straight forward logical progression.
SequentialProcessing information in order from first to last.
SymbolicProcesses symbols an pictures; likes to use letters, words and mathematical symbols.
LogicalProcesses information piece by piece using logic to solve a problem.
VerbalProcesses thoughts and ideas with words.
Reality-BasedProcesses information based on reality; focuses on rules and regulations


  1. I recall reading that the brain processes peripheral images differently, with an emphasis on quicker reflexive action, rather than the fovia which is more suited to slower cognitive function.

    Might explain your spinning dancer results without any of the left/right brain stuff?