Thursday, 11 October 2007

Are you left or right brained?

This is brilliant.

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,22492511-5005375,00.html

18 comments:

JJ said...

Cally, This was BRILLIANT. I loved it, but can't believe anyone could see it going the other way? Is it real? Can anyone see it going anti?

I have to say, I am seriously worried about the tippity top quality of your internet links. How do you have time to do anything? ;-)

JJx

Cathy said...

That is amazing. It went clockwise for me, though I did manage to get the image to change direction once!

Leigh said...

No idea...

Every time I looked away, the dancer changed direction!

ChrisH said...

I couldn't get her to dance in an anti-clockwise direction at all! Now feel positively flakey!

Hera said...

I don't understand. It's not just a computer programme and they just get her to change directions sometimes. Cally you understand the techy things explain. My brain hurts, both sides...

Lane said...

She started off anti-clockwise and then changed every time I looked at her.
Fantastic:-)

KayJay said...

Is it a trick? I CANNOT see it anti-clockwise!!

JJ said...

I'm sorry, I've come back to say no matter how long, how hard or how often I look at her, she only turns clockwise.

'They' aren't doing anything. My kids and I watched it together and they shouted 'she's changed direction, no, she's changed again' but all the time she went only in one direction for me.

Cally, I'm obsessed!
JJx

Marla said...

I see it clock wise and can not see it the other way. I keep trying. Boy, I guess I need to develop the other part of my brain a bit more!

Helen said...

That made my brain hurt. First it went clockwise then I looked away and it went anti. When I focused on her foot she went clockwise again.

Jen said...

I can see it both ways - really weird, feels as if my mind's playing tricks.

But, um, why has she got such pointy nipples? Obviously designed by a bloke...

CTaylor said...

Thanks for commenting everyone! I got seriously addicted to this when I discovered it last night. I could only see it going clockwise and, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it to go anti-clockwise.

In the end I managed it - sort of - by staring at the text on the left of the page. Then I saw the dancer swing anticlockwise but whenever she got halfway round she'd swing back clockwise.

All very odd and it does give you a headache after a while!

Apparently, according to the comments underneath, this is a static image but the hands and feel have been drawn in such a way that, when your brain tries to make sense of it it causes the dancer to rotate, either clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on whether you predominantly use the left or right side of your brain.

For those of you able to make it change direction at will you use both sides of your brain equally.

By the way - are any of you left-handed? I am, and apparently, because we're left handed we tend to predominantly use the right side of our brain (in the same way that right handed people predominantly use the left side of their brain). That's why we have trouble getting her to go anti-clockwise and some right handed people will find it hard to get her to go clockwise. That said, because the right handed people are also creative (you're all writers) you access the right side of your brain more often than people who tend to do very technical/logical jobs.

That's my theory anyway!

p.s. When I asked my boyfriend to do it it went anti-clockwise but he was able to get it to go clockwise by staring at her foot. When I asked my dad to do it he said it swang anti-clockwise, then clockwise but never did an entire rotation.

I think most men will see if go anti-clockwise and most women will see it go clockwise - though that depends on the woman/man and how logical or creative they are.

CTaylor said...

swung not swang!

HelenMH said...

I found she went clockwise for a bit and then very determinedly changed and went anti clockwise. But the way I feel at the moment - it's not so much a question of right brain or left brain - it's more a case of no brain!

KayJay said...

I thought it was a wind up. I could only see it going clockwise. My husband could see it both ways (yeah, that makes a change) and attempted to explain the science behind it...at which point I went cross-eyed and it started going anti-clockwise!!

Cross yer eyes! It works!

Sarah Dunnakey said...

I could only see it clockwise until I put the cursor on the scroll bar and made the page move up and down very quickly - then she went anti-clockwise. No idea what this means but now my eyes hurt

A. Writer said...

I managed to see her turn both ways! At first she was going anticlockwise but if I concentrated on her bottom foot she was going the other way!

That is so cool!

Where do you get the great links from??

CTaylor said...

Laughs. Thanks for the comments girls. I am not to be held responsible if you get so cross-eyed you need to go to an opthalmologist to get them uncrossed! ;o)

A.Writer - I find these links all over the web (and within some of my writers' groups). When I find one that I think is funny or interesting I post it!