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    No brainer? Left vs. right brain

    I followed an interesting link to the Herald Sun in the land down under....

    The Right brain versus Left brain test: do you see the dancer turning clockwise or counter-clockwise?



    “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.”
    The very first time I looked I saw the dancer turning counter-clockwise, so I guess I mostly use the left side of my brain, which didn’t surprise me. I was able to get the dancer to turn the other way fairly easily, if not consistently, by looking away and then looking back a few times.

    Now when I look at the spinning lady I have no idea whether it will be turning clockwise or counter-clockwise. Weird.

    Anywhoo, here are some attributes (as listed in the article) associated with the left and right brain:

    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
    safe

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

    Take it for what it's worth.
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    I have to concentrate. When I first looked at it, it was going clockwise for me. Then I had concentrate and look away to make it go counter-clockwise. Then I concentrated again and looked away, then back, and I could see it turning clockwise again. It's hard switching it from one direction to the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
    I have to concentrate. when I first looked at it, it was going clockwise for me. Then I had concentrate and look away to make it go counter-clockwise. Then I concentrated again and looked away, then back, and I could see it turning clockwise again. it's hard switching it from one difection to the other.

    I got her to go counter-clockwise, but need to work to get her to change direction. Freaky....

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    I can see her only going clockwise... I've tried hard, but I can't image how someone can see her going counter-clockwise... the rotation of her foot, spin to her hair, and position of her arms (the one on the outside would be more outstreched, due to the rotational force) all seem to indicate clockwise motion.

    Looking at the different attributes, and with the amount of creative writing I do, I guess I fall squarely into the right-brain category.
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    I initially saw it as clockwise, but that might have been because I was doing history homework. I'm actually really left-brained.

    The picture is easier to see if you go to the news article.

    Also, a small part of me wonders if it's actually switching back and forth as an image. Unlikely. But hmm.

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    I just discovered an easier--for me, at least--and consistent way of switching the lady back and forth. I concentrate on the shadow and ignore the lady herself; I find it's relatively easy to spin her back and forth. It's feels kind of weird. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post
    I can see her only going clockwise... I've tried hard, but I can't image how someone can see her going counter-clockwise... the rotation of her foot, spin to her hair, and position of her arms (the one on the outside would be more outstreched, due to the rotational force) all seem to indicate clockwise motion.

    Looking at the different attributes, and with the amount of creative writing I do, I guess I fall squarely into the right-brain category.
    I'm in the same boat as 'chutes. Try as I might, I just can't get her to spin counter-clockwise. And after having read the list of right-brain attributes, I have to say they fit me to a "T," as well.
    EDIT: I just tried canuck's trick of concentrating on her shadow - doesn't work for me. All it does is get me dizzy.

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    I just creeped myself out...

    At first I thought she was clockwise...

    Then after 10 seconds of staring into it... She was spinning counter clockwise...

    Then another 10 seconds... clockwise...

    What the crap? I change direction every ten seconds?

    EDIT!!!!!

    THE PICTURE IS A PHONY!!!!

    IT CHANGES DIRECTIONS ON ITS OWN IF YOU PAY ATTENTION!!!

    AHAHAHA! Whew... I thought I was losing my mind....

    Here's how it happened...

    Go up and pay attention to which direction the dancer is going... then refresh the page... As the picture reloads, it will change direction almost instantly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Industries View Post
    I just creeped myself out...

    At first I thought she was clockwise...

    Then after 10 seconds of staring into it... She was spinning counter clockwise...

    Then another 10 seconds... clockwise...

    What the crap? I change direction every ten seconds?

    EDIT!!!!!

    THE PICTURE IS A PHONY!!!!

    IT CHANGES DIRECTIONS ON ITS OWN IF YOU PAY ATTENTION!!!

    AHAHAHA! Whew... I thought I was losing my mind....

    Here's how it happened...

    Go up and pay attention to which direction the dancer is going... then refresh the page... As the picture reloads, it will change direction almost instantly!
    Not on my computer...
    I just refreshed the page four times. Each time, the dancer was still rotating clockwise. Try as I might, I could not get her to spin the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransWarpDrive View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Industries View Post
    I just creeped myself out...

    At first I thought she was clockwise...

    Then after 10 seconds of staring into it... She was spinning counter clockwise...

    Then another 10 seconds... clockwise...

    What the crap? I change direction every ten seconds?

    EDIT!!!!!

    THE PICTURE IS A PHONY!!!!

    IT CHANGES DIRECTIONS ON ITS OWN IF YOU PAY ATTENTION!!!

    AHAHAHA! Whew... I thought I was losing my mind....

    Here's how it happened...

    Go up and pay attention to which direction the dancer is going... then refresh the page... As the picture reloads, it will change direction almost instantly!
    Not on my computer...
    I just refreshed the page four times. Each time, the dancer was still rotating clockwise. Try as I might, I could not get her to spin the other way.
    It starts off clockwise.

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