TEST YOUR BRAiN
RiGHT vs LEFT BRAiN
report by Anton K. Kressnig for The SMN ~ Shamozzle Multi-Media Network
To see if you are right-brained or left-brained, look at the spinning dancer below..
..is she rotating clockwise or counter-clockwise?
If you see the..
DANCER ROTATiNG CLOCKWiSE = RiGHT-BRAiNED
you are creative minded.
DANCER ROTATiNG COUNTER-CLOCKWiSE = LEFT-BRAiNED
you are logical minded.RiGHT BRAiN vs. LEFT BRAiN
The right and left side of the brain control two different modes of thinking, with each of us preferring one mode over the other. Experimentation has shown that the two different hemispheres of the brain are responsible for different systems of thinking, as shown below..
RiGHT BRAiNED PEOPLE
Visual.. creative.. global.. sees the "big picture" ..uses feeling.. imaginative.. symbol and image orientated.. living in the present and for the future.. philosophical.. religious.. a believer.. appreciative.. spatial perceptive.. fantasy based.. presents possibilities.. impetuous.. risk taking.. Impulsive.. processes information in varied order.. responds to tone of voice.. responds to emotion.. recall people's faces well.. gestures when speaking.. prefers frequent mobility and music in the background while studying and working.. less punctual.. random.. intuitive.. holistic.. synthesizing and visual.
LEFT BRAiNED PEOPLE
Analytic.. logical.. detail oriented.. fact ruled.. words and language orientated.. living in the present and past.. math and science orientated.. order & pattern perception.. reality based.. strategist.. practical.. safe.. verbal.. sequential.. processes information linearly.. plans ahead.. recalls people's names.. speaks with few gestures.. punctual.. prefers formal study design.. prefers bright lights while studying.. rational.. objective.. and responds to word meaning.
The majority of people in the World are left brained, but some are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. Mainstream society, including schools and workplaces tend to favour left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain people. Left-brain school subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise, but maybe you can try to focus and change the direction, it is possible, and then you can become more whole-brained in your thinking.
HOW TO SEE THE SPiNNiNG DANCER
SPiN THE OTHER WAY
The spinning dancer changes direction due to the lack of dimension of the silhouetted 2 dimensional graphic girl, with it's featureless solid black image without interior detail. This causes your brain to not really know which leg is in front of the other. If you believe that the spinning dancer animation is only spinning in one direction, or think that the animation is randomly switching directions, have a look at the 2 images below spin in opposite directions..
..by adding a little line to the spinning girl's groin and buttocks area, as shown above, demonstrates a 3 dimensional appearance, which helps you see the dancer spin both ways now. Try mentally adding those lines in your mind when you look at the original Spinning Dancer animation, to see her spin in any direction at your will.
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The Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test is based on many of many of the methods pioneered by Dr. Roger Sperry's research on brain lateralization, for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1981. This test produces results unique to each individual's own left and right hemispheres. The test examines the categories of linear, sequential, symbolic, logical, verbal, and reality-based, which are associated with the left hemisphere. It also examines the categories of holistic, random, concrete, intuitive, nonverbal, and fantasy-oriented, which are associated with the right hemisphere. There are always exceptions, and while the majority of humans are going to be classified as being left-brained or right-brained, one goal we have as humans is to strive to utilize both halves of the brain when processing information.
The Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test of 54 questions will determine which half of your brain is your dominant half, and to what degree in a percentage score. After completing the test, you will be given your free left and right brain score, and a detailed paragraph explaining the characteristics that are associated with your dominant side.
Your left brain/right brain percentage is calculated by combining the individual scores of each brain half's sub-categories..
Left Brain sub-categories: Sequential, Reality-based, Linear, Symbolic, Logical & Verbal*
Right Brain sub-categories: Holistic, Fantasy-oriented, Random, Concrete, Nonverbal & Intuitive*
*The Brain Sub-categories are discussed in more detail at the bottom of this page.
LEFT & RIGHT BRAiN iNFO
BRAiN FUNCTiON iNFOThe human brain has 2 separate parts, the left and right cerebral hemispheres connected by the corpus callosum. Each hemisphere is mirrored on the opposite side, but each cortical hemisphere is different. Although the generalized functions of each hemisphere can be seen as lateralised i.e. the left side being logic and right side being creative, often these functions can be distributed across both sides of the brain.
If a specific part of the brain is injured or destroyed, their functions can sometimes are recovered by another brain regions, sometimes in the opposite hemisphere.
Brain lateralizations are trends and do not occur in every person.
BRAiN FUNCTiON HiSTORY
In 1861 Paul Broca a French physician was the first to research brain function laterality. An important region for speech production in the left frontal lobe was named Broca's Area, and deficits and damage to speech in Broca's Area is known as Broca's Aphasia. German physician Karl Wernicke followed up on Broca's work by studying language deficits and noticed that not all deficits were in speech production, some were linguistic. Wernicke found that damage to the left posterior and superior temporal gyrus resulted in deficits in language comprehension, and is now known as Wernicke's Area and Wernicke's Aphasia. These early works on hemispheric specialization were conducted on patients and post-mortem brains. Today's methods allow the 'in vivo' comparison of the hemispheres with an MRi ~ Magnetic Resonance imaging and a PET ~ Positron Emission Tomography.
BRAiN HANDENESS.. LANGUAGE.. MOVEMENT & SENSATiON
Approximately 95% of right-handed males and 90% of right-handed females language and speech functions are sub served by the left hemisphere of the brain. Left-handed people have the incidence of left-hemisphere language dominance of 60% to 70% approximately.
The Wada Test determines hemisphere dominance in people and involves anesthetic in one hemisphere of the brain through one of the two carotid arteries. The neuropsychological exam determines dominance for language production and comprehension, verbal memory, and visual memory. Other controversial and experimental costlier techniques, such as FMRi ~ Functional Magnetic Resonance imaging and TMS ~ Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, are used to determine dominance.
In the 1940's, Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield and neurologist Herbert Jasper developed a technique of brain mapping to help reduce the side effects caused by epilepsy surgery, by stimulating motor and somatosensory cortices of the brain with small electrical currents. They discovered that stimulation of one hemisphere's motor cortex produced muscle contraction on the opposite side of the body, creating their famous pictures of the motor and sensory Homunculi.
In the 1960's Michael Gazzaniga and Roger Wolcott Sperry researched split-brain patients who had treatment for severe epilepsy, which led to greater understanding of functional laterality.
*RIGHT & LEFT BRAiN SUB-CATEGORiES
Sequential processing is a method used by the left hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed in order from first to last. Information is processed in a systematic, logical manner. Through sequential processing, you can interpret and produce symbolic information such as language, mathematics, abstraction, and reasoning. This process is used to store memory in a language format. Activities that require sequential processing include spelling, making a "to-do" list, and many aspects of organization.
Reality-based processing is used by the left hemisphere as a method for processing information with a basis on reality. This processing tool focuses on rules and regulations. An example of this would be how a left-brained person would completely understand the repercussions of turning in a late assignment or failing a test. A left-brained person also usually easily adjusts to changes in their environment.
Linear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.
Symbolic processing is a method associated with the left hemisphere that is used for processing the information of pictures and symbols. The majority of functions associated with academics involve symbols such as letters, words, and mathematical notations. This process is what aids you to excel in tasks such as linguistics, mathematics, and memorizing vocabulary words and mathematical formulas.
Logical processing is a method that is used by the left hemisphere to take information piece by piece and put it all together to form a logical answer. When information is received through reading or listening, the left hemisphere will look for different bits of information that will allow it to produce a logical conclusion. This aspect of the left hemisphere is what aids you in solving math problems and science experiments.
Verbal processing is a method used by the left hemisphere to process our thoughts and ideas with words. For example, through verbal processing, a left-brained person giving directions may say, "From this point continue east for two miles and turn north onto Bellevue Road. Continue north on Bellevue Road for seven miles and turn west on Main Street". With verbal processing, exact, logical directions are given in a very sequential manner compared to a right-brained person who, in giving the same directions, would use more visual landmarks.
RiGHT BRAiN SUB-CATEGORiES
Holistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.
Fantasy-oriented processing is used by the right hemisphere as a method for processing information with creativity. It focuses much less on rules and regulations than the processing method of a left-brained person. Due to the fantasy-oriented processing mechanism of a right-brained person, they do not adjust well to change. Instead of adapting to the change in the environment, a right-brained person attempts to change it back to the way they liked it. But fantasy-oriented processing also provides the advantage of creativity to right-brained individuals, and since emotion is integral of the right side of the brain, anything a fantasy-oriented person becomes involved in emotionally will aid their ability to learn.
Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colours since the right hemisphere is sensitive to colour. For example, you may want to associate the first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks involving sequence.
Concrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by "drawing it out" because it allows them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it is for them to understand it.
Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to "find the right words" in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, "Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take." With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.
Intuitive processing is a method that is used by the right hemisphere to process information based on if it "feels" right or not. For example, a right-brained person may choose an answer on a test because they had a "gut" feeling and often they will be correct. Another example of this is how a right-brained person will know the correct answer to a math problem but will not understand the procedure of how they arrived at the correct answer. A right-brained person will usually have to start with the answer and work their way backwards in order to be able to see and understand the parts and process that create the whole.MORE BRAiN FUNCTiON TESTS @..
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