Saturday, October 13, 2007

The brain is in a spin

I filched this from the Brisbane Courier Mail. I even road tested it first. Which way is the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

I see clockwise, but I tested it on my brother, the candidate it the upcoming election, and he immediately saw anti-clockwise. Though he insists it changes.

Apparently, most people see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction.

uses logic uses feeling
detail oriented "big picture" oriented
facts rule imagination rules
words and language symbols and images
present and past present and future
maths and science philosophy & religion
can comprehend can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
knowing believes
acknowledges appreciates
order/pattern perception spatial perception
knows object name knows object function
reality based fantasy based
forms strategies presents possibilities
practical impetuous
safe risk taking

An additional note:

I visited a site: Hemispheric Dominance to test the concept. Try the test yourself. My result was:

Type of Cognitive Processing


Processing information from whole to part; sees the big picture first, not the details.


Processing information with out priority; jumps form one task to another.


Processes things that can be seen , or touched - real objects.


Processes information based on whether or not it feels right know answer but not sure how it was derived.


Processes thought as illustrations.


Processes information with creativity, less focuses on rules and regulations.

Personally I can cope with that. But I think some more research is called for.


D.K. Raed said...

mesmerizing as she is, I can only see her turning clockwise. Hubby says the same. Funny, we've always considered ourselves left-brained people which according to your link means we should see her turning counter-clockwise. do the clocks run backwards down under?

Cartledge said...

dk, I can't verify the left-right brain bit. I was surprised, and as I say my bro saw anti then could flick it. I'll really need to do some research now :)

Praguetwin said...

I saw it clockwise first, then it switched to counter and was stuck there for a while. Then back to clockwise, and now it seems to be stuck on counter clockwise. Hang on.... I'll have one more look....yep, still counter.

What does that mean exactly?

Cartledge said...

PT, the famous twin brain wonders why? I haven't found - well haven't really looked, for any real value in this little game.
I still see it clockwise, but I'm finding lots of 'local' variations on the perception.
What does it all mean? Buggered if I know :(

abi said...

Late last night I could only see the figure going clockwise. Could not get it to go in the other direction.

After a good night's sleep, I still see it clockwise, but I sometimes see it going the other way. The only way I can get it to shift directions is to stare at the reflection on the floor, not at the figure itself.

What's interesting is that, whether it's going clockwise or counter-clockwise, the figure is always moving backwards. That means the figure itself isn't changing direction, but we are changing our vantage point (or at least, there is that illusion).

BTW, do you have her phone number? ;-)

Cartledge said...

Abi, you are right, looking at the floor I can now et here to reverse. Ph O410E (I'll leave you to work that one out.)