Right Brain Vs. Left Brain: Cage Match

I get far too much amusement out of optical illusions, little puzzles, those 3D pictures of sailboats that you have to cross your eyes to see.

So, it’s little surprise that when I ran across the picture below, I spent a good 20 minutes staring at it – and not (just) because if you look closely you can tell the dance studio is chilly.

DancerThe photo is a test to see which side, the left or right, of your brain is more dominant. If you see the dancer spinning counter-clockwise, then you are left-brain dominant, if clockwise, you use the right half more. Neat eh?

Here’s a bit of info about left-brain/right-brain functions from the article I stole the picture from.


  • 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

  • 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

As right-handed people tend to be left-brain dominant and visa versa for left-handed people, I’m curious which way you see her spinning. Please leave a comment with which hand you write with and what way you see her spinning.

THEN, try messing with your brain a bit. First, work on trying to get her to spin the other way. I find it helps to sort of look out of your peripheral vision at first. See if you can get it to the point where you can control which way she spins on each rotation.

THEN, to really go the extra mile, if she’s spinning counter-clockwise, grab a piece of paper, close your eyes, imagine a beautiful sunset and draw it – then look at her again. Any change? If she’s spinning clockwise for ya, do three or four multiplication or division questions and see if she changes directions.

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