This Is Your Brain…

Are you right-brained or left-brained? Look at the picture of the dancer.


According to the Australian Herald Sun, if she seems to be spinning counter-clockwise you’re left-brained. Clockwise is right-brained. Some people can choose. Not me, I’m way right brained.

(From another fine Pownce post from Daniel Burka.)

74 Replies to “This Is Your Brain…”

  1. This is SO COOL! Up to now, the first time I would watch she would always turn counter clockwise. But, this time she started by going clockwise most probably because of that half bottle of wine currently melting my neurons.

  2. I am astounded that anyone can see her going clockwise. I can only see counter-clockwise motion and no matter how hard I try, I cannot see clockwise. That is so weird, and a little alarming to me that so many can see both and try as I might, I can only see one! I must be Spock.

  3. @andre …funny you wrote that.
    i saw this at work today and was nothing but right brained. but apparently the beers have made my logic side kick in a bit because i can flip it either way now.
    hmmm… i wonder… do companies still frown upon the mind limbering liquid lunches?

  4. I don’t see how “left” or “right”-brainness would have anything to do with the result you get. (Not to mention that left-brainness and right-brainness don’t actually have anything to do with being arty or sciency.) There may be some bias that is a result of being right or left-handed, and thus your brain automatically interprets an ambiguous spinning object to be spinning in one direction, but that’s it.
    Try this: close your eyes and imagine what it would look like to have her rotate the other way. Open your eyes, and voila, she appears to be spinning in that direction. The ease that this can be done suggests that there is no deep relationship between what you see and something about your mind.

  5. I’m ambidextrous-brained, because sometimes she’s going clockwise and other times she’s going counterclockwise.
    Outside of this example, clockwise and counterclockwise are a matter of perspective. Say an object rotates constantly in the same direction: if you are on one side of it, it will appear to be spinning clockwise; and if you are on the other side of it, it will appear to be spinning counterclockwise. If you are looking at an analogue watch, the hands turn clockwise, but if you were able to position yourself beneath the hands and looking up at them, they would be turning counterclockwise. Their direction never changed, but your perspective did.

  6. @nick
    i think the idea is what it looks like at first glance… your initial reaction.
    wait. did you just say that there’s no relationship between what your eyes see and how your brain interprets that data? and that there’s no correlation of sight, handedness or natural prefs for painter vs accountant?
    i kid, i kid… 🙂
    (and obviously need to defrag my grey to get at all those orphaned bits of descartes)

  7. When I initially saw her, she was spinning counter-clockwise. But once I noticed the small shadow from her outstretched foot, I haven’t been able to get her to do anything but spin clockwise.
    Story of my life with women, Leo. Really.

  8. after watching this, i have come to the conclusion that it is A) an optical illusion or B) it changes.
    Everytime i scroll she changes direction and there is no such thing as left or right brained! Honestly!
    Left Brain
    Looks at parts
    Right Brain
    Looks at wholes
    Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.

  9. I am pretty left-brained, like math, science, etc. and I could only get her to spin clockwise, primarilly because you can see the shadows.

  10. I’m incredulous that anyone would only see this going one way. It reminds me of Mr. Pitt and the Magic Eye pictures . . .

  11. Haha. When I first saw this, she was turning CCW. Looking at it for a little bit, I now see her turning CW.

  12. I see her upside down. going up and down.what kind of brain do I have?

  13. The first time I looked I could only see her going clockwise. After a while she switched directions. Then it just seemed to be random.
    It took me a little while to figure out that to get here to switch you have to use the other side of your brain. For instance if you want see her going counter-clockwise and use your left brain, start doing math in your head. If you want to start seeing her go clockwise and use your right brain, picture a color wheel or start making a drawing in your head. This works for me everytime. It is no longer random and you can control it.

  14. I have seen her dance both clockwise and counterclockwise. Both sides of my brain seem to be working in tandem.

  15. Nice…
    She changes at will for me…
    It’s definitely an optical illusion – the black 2-dimensional figure “spinning” in front of the gray fade background gives it the illusion of rotation – your mind decides which way she spins based on what it is most comfortable understanding. Way cool!

  16. I am able to change directions reading and looking to the picture at the same time using my peripheral upper vision.
    Another mystery of the brain

  17. She spins both directions for me, the trick is to focus on the nipples. There was a discussion about it on twitter.

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