Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Left or Right Brain?


There are theories about how our brains work and how we use them. One such theory relates to being left or right brained [- something which has no doubt been countered in recent times, but which is still interesting].
I looked at the spinning image in the linked article and saw the figure going a certain direction. That apparently indicates that i am right brained. I read the descriptions of left versus right brained people and yes, it described me accurately.
Which are you - left or right? And do you think the result and description match your way of thinking?

http://lateralaction.com/articles/left-brain-or-right/

8 comments:

MrWoody said...

And, as I mentioned, here is a counter-argument to the simplicity of this supposed explanation:

"This article is misleading. Few brain scientists subscribe to strict theories of lateralization because, like this article, they're too simple, failing to grasp the brain's full complexities. Most experts in the field agree that people rely on both sides of the brain for cognitive and perceptual processing. While the brain has certain genetic "predispositions," with different areas more likely to perform certain pre-ordained functions, it is also highly plastic, able to adapt to differences in environment and stimulation. This means that no brain looks or behaves exactly like any other, and that, while one side of each individual's brain may do one task more than the other, which side this is differs from person to person, so it's impossible to say universally, "The left side is for logic, etc." Meaning, you may be a very logical, math-minded person, but be more strongly right-brained, and to diagnose this based on a picture of a spinning woman is ridiculous. Presenting this information without any data or greater interpretation means that the picture as it's painted here is grossly incomplete."
Posted by: Leah Kaminsky of Seattle

Roo said...

Hmmm...

Well I can see it both ways.
Most of the time I can see it going clockwise but then I focus and look again and it is going the other way.

Wouldn't it be easier to just see how coordinated you are buy throwing and catching with your different?

Gaboose said...
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Nei-Nei Neina-Marie said...

I saw her spinning clockwise only.

mech boy said...

I also saw her spinning clockwise.

P.S. Is anyone having trouble sleeping? Because I am, I have to take Melatonin to get to sleep.

MrWoody said...

sorry to hear you can't sleep, mechy. i used to have that problem for most of my life but it seems better now most of the time. with me i just couldn't switch my brain off.
do you understand the science behind why melatonin [?] might help you sleep?
sweet dreams!

rosiegal said...

I think its because the weathers been so hot and humid. ive found it hard too.
At first I was certain it was spinning anti clockwise, but now I only see it clockwise. it sounds like im more right brained though.

rosiegal said...

I did it again. i swear it changes. I even saw it slow down and turn the other way...
It might be a set up!!!!??