Left or Right Brain Dominant?

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or counterclockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain. If you see the image rotating counterclockwise, then you are using more of your left brain.

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


spinning woman

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

The author of this blog (me) saw the image rotating clockwise. I could not change it’s direction.

Please remember that we use both sides of our brain switching back and forth. One side does get more exercise than the other which gives us the primarily “dominant” side but we can also train ourselves to switch dominant sides with effort. In a number of tests I have taken, I have been described as either “whole brain” dominant or “right brain” dominant equally. It depends on the type of test, and the mood you are in.

I am not sure who created this particular visual test, but I dare say it was a guy. I am sure just about any silhouetted object would have worked fine, but not many guys would take the test if it didn’t appeal to them visually, which I am sure many women understand already.

Hope you had fun.


3 responses to “Left or Right Brain Dominant?

  1. This was great fun, I have just done a couple of different test and concluded that I am in fact a right-brained person, then, took your test, and 3 times a charm, I saw the dancer as spinning clockwise, but, to my amazement I could change her direction.. although it took me a minute or so. 🙂 Great test! Thanks

  2. Hi Helen, Glad you had fun 🙂 Being able to change the direction of the spinning woman is in fact training your brain to use both sides. Exercises like this do actually increase brain power and develop the brain like any other muscle.

    If anyone has any “brain” exercises they want us to know about, please drop us a comment here.

  3. I have her on my blog as well. It really depends on what you take as a ‘starting point’ – but if you concentrate on that shadow of a foot that keeps dropping in and out of the screen (appearing at the left) – watch the left corner and will the shadow’s emergence – she will oblige you by turning anticlockwise… most of the time.

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