Friday, February 8, 2008

Are you left or right brained?

The image on the left was taken from this was taken from Perth Now - its image to test if you use your left or right brain. If it turns clockwise, you are more right brained - if it turns counter clockwise - you are more left brained. When I used this it was turning primarily clockwise, however at times it would turn the other direction. Other times it would turn clockwise and pause, then continue turning clockwise. Incidently when showing this to may friends, they would primarily see this go counter-clockwise, with brief episodes of it turning right. How do you see the image move?

Here is a brief list of differences between the hemispheres:

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 scientific 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

Another fun test that I've found is the Tickle Brain Test. The questions are quite visual and better than the usual text based multiple choice questions that you find on many of them them. See image on the side. This is a 25 question test and they will give you a short analysis like the one below:
Zegarkus, you are Balanced-brained That means you are able to draw on the strengths of both the right and left hemispheres of your brain, depending upon a given situation. When you need to explain a complicated process to someone, or plan a detailed vacation, the left hemisphere of your brain, which is responsible for your ability to solve problems logically, might kick in. But if you were critiquing an art opening or coming up with an original way to file papers, the right side of your brain, which is responsible for noticing subtle details in things, might take over. While many people have clearly dominant left- or right-brained tendencies, you are able to draw on skills from both hemispheres of your brain. This rare combination makes you a very creative and flexible thinker. The down side to being balanced-brained is that you may sometimes feel paralyzed by indecision when the two hemispheres of your brain are competing to solve a problem in their own unique ways.

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