Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Is she spinning Counterclockwise or Clockwise??

THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?


Here's a link to the full article (Also, the image of the dancer is better here than what I was able to upload to my blog.)

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking


  1. I'm uber right brained: no matter how hard I try i can't see her turning counter clockwise. Of course I always had a hard time seeing those 3-d images made of dots in the 80s, too.

  2. That was odd. At first she kept reversing directions, and then after I read the article, she only went counter-clockwise. It made me keep a little dizzy trying to reverse her . . .

  3. At first I could only see her turning clockwise. I tried staring right at the image, then I tried it with just my right eye, then just my left eye. I tried relaxing my concentration and focus as much as I could, or focusing as much as I could. Nothing changed, I could only see the dancer turning clockwise.

    Then I found that if I looked away slightly, so that I was only glimpsing the image with my peripheral vision, suddenly she seemed to alternate direction with every turn, clockwise then counter-clockwise then swinging back clockwise, then counter-clockwise, etc. After a few tries at this, always just seeing her peripherally, I could sometimes see her turn counterclockwise for a couple of turns in a row.

    I figured out it was because if I was only seeing the image sidelong, I wasn't getting any three-dimensional depth perception of it. But as soon as I look straight at it, it becomes three dimensional again and then I only see the dancer turning clockwise.

    When I look at the lists of left- and right-brain characteristics, I find most of them can describe me, depending on what I'm doing.

  4. Actually, no matter how many times I logged on to your blog and looked at this dancer, I only get dizzy! I don't know what that says about me.

  5. I see it first as going clockwise---so that is me being right-brained, but I can, at will, make the dancer look as if she isn't making complete rotations, as if she has her back to me and is only making 180 degree rotations left and right.

  6. every time i look away and back again, she's reversed directions. clockwise at first though.

  7. Did you saw the survey about this optical illusion, turning clockwise or anticlockwise:

    Right Brain vs Left Brain Survey / Poll - Mind optical illusion

    very interesting results...


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