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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Left or right... a non-political post

Seriously, I'm talking about the left and right sides of your brain.

Follow this link and look carefully at the spinning figure for several minutes.  Does she turn clockwise or counter-clockwise?  The answer can tell you a great deal about which side of your brain dominates.

I saw her spinning only to the right.  No big surprise there. 

Huge hat tip to my friend Lioness

Posted by David Bogner on October 11, 2007 | Permalink


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For a few minutes I could ONLY see her spinning clockwise, and was thinking "What the hell, how could ANYONE see her spinning counter-clockwise?"

Then I looked slightly away from the frame, and out of the corner of my eye I saw her change direction.

By moving my gaze to just next to the picture, and then slowly looking back, I could make her change directions at will.

Despite my overwhelming intuition to see her going clockwise, I have to say that based on the lists they provide, I think I function in a way that's pretty evenly balanced between right brain and left brain. Probably there are only a few people at the extremes of being emotional / fact-loving who don't show plenty of characteristics from both lists.

Posted by: Sarah | Oct 11, 2007 12:08:02 PM

She changed every few seconds for me... couldn't keep her still. one way, then the other. What's THAT about?

Posted by: nrg | Oct 11, 2007 12:15:17 PM

I saw her turning counter-clockwise at first, but after watching for a while I was able to see her spinning in the opposite direction. Afterwards, I could change her direction almost at will. Neat!

Posted by: Rahel | Oct 11, 2007 1:13:42 PM

Okay, this is weird, I couldn't get her to change directions no matter what I tried. She would only spin clockwise for me.

BTW, Trep, what's it indicate when you described someone spinning in a circular direction as moving "to the right"? Are you just a linear man in a circular world?

Posted by: dfb1968 | Oct 11, 2007 1:54:15 PM

Get out-I just stared at that for 5 minutes and cannot possibly see how it could be going counter-clockwise! I feel like Mr. Pitt in that Seinfeld episode where he can't see the 3D figure in the picture.

Posted by: Benji | Oct 11, 2007 1:57:21 PM

she's going clockwise for me. and the list for right-hand brain was almost comprehensive for me except for the words and language on the left-brain side. that's one of my strengths. but i do have a southpaw mother, so i'm not that surprised that my right brain dominates (according to this test).

Posted by: nikki | Oct 11, 2007 2:02:15 PM


We both had a look and she constantly changed direction (though at different instances for both of us). I feel dizzy now ...

Posted by: a. | Oct 11, 2007 2:22:31 PM

I can't imagine anyone seeing her spin counter-clockwise...

Posted by: oceanguy | Oct 11, 2007 2:40:48 PM

You're welc, dahling!

I've nearly given myself a permanent squint trying to get her to spin counter-clockwise and cannot for the life of me make her DO anything, not even when I look at her from the corner of my eye. You lot have far more flexible brains.

Am all right-sided and it was no big surprise really - except for the spatial perception bit, which I'm absolutely rotten at. My brain isn't very agreeable with 3D.

I love this sort of thing, it's fascinating!

Posted by: Lioness | Oct 11, 2007 3:05:23 PM

Your ambidextrous wife is now officially dizzy, nauseated, and has successfully procrastinated (albeit with an EXCELLENT excuse now!) doing anything meaningful for the past 10 minutes.....


I know, I know.... We shouldn't be thanking you.... You're a GIVER!

Suffice it to say that I see it both ways, and not necessarily at will.... Explains a lot no?!

Posted by: zahava | Oct 11, 2007 4:27:19 PM

I'm with you Zahava...I see it both ways, and not at will...what does that say? OY!

Posted by: cruisin-mom | Oct 11, 2007 4:38:36 PM

Uuuurgh, I only see her spinning clockwise! Though considering how sick she'd probably make me if I saw her spinning both ways, that's probably just as well. You seem to have a lot of right-brained readers, Trep... I always knew this was a right-wing blog but looks like it's a right-brained one too. ;)

Posted by: Chantyshira | Oct 11, 2007 5:03:26 PM

Hmmm... I can only see her spinning counter-clockwise, no matter how long I stare at her (and why do these things only show naked woman?!!) but after reading the comments, if I looked way to the right or left of her, she changed direction.
Thanks for distracting me from work for 5 minutes! :)

Posted by: Val | Oct 11, 2007 5:05:34 PM

Like Sarah (the first commenter), I was, after a short time, able to get the dancer to change directions almost at will. What does that mean?

Posted by: Elisson | Oct 11, 2007 5:08:46 PM


She keeps switching!!!

First she was all about the counter-clockwise...then I read the comments about looking away, squinting, etc...and she reversed...

Then I was convinced that she actually did switch directions 'cuz the frame kept freezing, then it would start back up and seem to be going the other way...

Now she's just clockwise...and my boss walked by...thanks

Now I've got to spread this around the office, let's see who fits my impression of them and who surprises me...

Posted by: Jesse | Oct 11, 2007 5:30:26 PM

ok -- i just checked back again and at first, she was going clockwise, then i tilted my head, and she changed direction! i averted my eyes for a moment to reread the lists, and when i looked back, she was back to clockwise. but i also noticed that the frame kept freezing and when it started up again, she would go the opposite direction from the time before...

is it me, or are they messing with us?

Posted by: nikki | Oct 11, 2007 6:38:49 PM

For the first instant only she spun clockwise, then she switched to counter-. Then I became fixated on the fact that she was pretty cute and that I might like to ask her out. Seems I learned that my "lower brain" was also experimentally relevant.

Posted by: David | Oct 11, 2007 9:13:51 PM

Wooooahh. At first I was like "how could ANYONE say it's counter?!" Then I saw the first couple comments, went back, and could change it. WEIRD. And cool.

Posted by: Ezzie | Oct 11, 2007 10:32:17 PM

FWIW, I'm a righty, but I do a few things lefty (like eat). My father's lefty, my brother ambidextrous.

Posted by: Ezzie | Oct 11, 2007 10:32:52 PM

I think they are just messing with your head, because she's looking over her right shoulder, then her left, then back. I think she just randomly changes direction. Sort of look at the picture with peripheral vision or look at where her feet almost touch the reflection of her feet.

Posted by: Alice | Oct 11, 2007 11:20:06 PM

Evenly divided between either direction.

That's one fine specimen of woman, though.

Truly, a fine specimen.

Didn't bother reading the text on that site, though.

Call it a lack of attention. Not a lack of focus.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Oct 11, 2007 11:35:20 PM

The girl spins counter-clockwise -- how else!

BTW, your saying that she spins "to the right" tells us more about you brain dominance than does the actual way you see her spin. A linear direction (right or left) means nothing in terms of rotation, unless you place yourself in the position of the figure and specify the rotational direction as executing a left or right face.

Posted by: Bob | Oct 12, 2007 2:05:31 AM

Clockwise. Clockwise. Cannot get it to change.

Must see what the husband says.

Posted by: balabusta in blue jeans | Oct 12, 2007 3:01:23 AM

I just spent ten minutes staring at the picture... and it only spun counter-clockwise. I then spent another few minutes arguing with my parents, who thought there was something wrong with me - after all it was "so obvious" that she was spinning clockwise. My father, however, was pretty good at seeing it turn both ways. I couldn't. By the way, I tend to be more of a risk-taker than not, despite what the description said.

Posted by: Irina | Oct 12, 2007 3:41:51 AM

uh am i the only one who sees her jumping?

Posted by: chava jav | Oct 12, 2007 6:58:18 AM

I gave myself until 9:00 to be on the computer, but came across this at 8:45, and now once again have delayed my Shabbat cooking. 15 minutes looking at a naked ballerina. I must be out of my mind. Is this what the Rabbis refer to when they say "bitul zman"?
I think I need a 12 step program for the internet, specifically blog addiction. Can I find one online?

"I'm Baila and I'm addicted to blogs (especially Trep's)" (isnt that step 1?)

BTW, she only spun counter-clockwise for me. No matter what I tried, she wouldn't spin right. Even after I picked up my lab top and flung it across the room. Does that make me a pinko leftist?

Posted by: Baila | Oct 12, 2007 9:14:48 AM

Well, finally. Evidence that I am totally in my right mind. (Though I think the "spatial perception" bullet would cause my husband to fall off his chair, laughing. I can't find my way out of a paper bag with arrows.)

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Oct 12, 2007 9:23:13 AM

Alice must be an artist.

Posted by: Rami | Oct 12, 2007 12:29:37 PM


Posted by: Alice | Oct 12, 2007 7:46:53 PM

Well at first she was clockwise only. Now she's counterclockwise.
And now, like Zahava, I'm completely nauseated.

It was pretty cool, but now I need some ginger ale.

Posted by: shifra | Oct 14, 2007 6:44:59 PM

I only saw clockwise motion...I'm a lefty...and I'm just plain confused!!!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Oct 14, 2007 8:07:56 PM

Clockwise, only clockwise.
No matter how I squint or turn this way or that or use one eye or both. I find this very strange, because I am a technophile, an engineer and very good at math and science. Perhaps that career as an interior designer is not a bad idea after all...;-)

Posted by: Andy McCarthy | Oct 17, 2007 1:52:49 AM

I saw her spinning clockwise for a few minutes, then she changed direction.

Posted by: Scraps | Oct 17, 2007 8:02:14 PM

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