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Do you use the right or left side of your brain?


Last Edited: July 29, 2009, 1:45 pm

This is an easy test to see which hemisphere of the brain you use.  Scroll down about a quarter of the way down the page until you see an image of a spinning ballerina.


I was right-brained (which surprised me).  Now try switching which side of the brain you are using.  When the brain shifts into the other hemisphere you can actually feel it happen in your brain.  Like a mini electric switch being activated in the center of your brain.  Very cool.

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LANTERNComment by LANTERN - July 29, 2009, 4:47 pm
Even way before I read about looking down at her feet and or shadow, she would spin one way for a short while and then switch to other way and keep on switching about equal times both ways, after I looked down at about her feet then she would switch back and forth a lot more often, but I didn't feel anything at all as you said that you felt.
You can get some control over the switching after a short while.
I think that many years ago when I was younger I had more control over things such as these.
Very interesting Ricky, if what the article says is right then I might use both sides.
Comment by jim695 - July 29, 2009, 4:52 pm
I'm a man, Rick, so I don't use either ...

     Actually, I've seen this before. It's part of a standard military psych eval (or was, when I was in the service 15 years ago), but you're right; it is very cool. Which side of the brain a person favors also indicates how susceptible he might be to suggestive influence, so have your wife or husband take the test, too. Believe it or not, this knowledge alone will help you win many arguments (husbands should be VERY careful with this because, as you all know, winning a single argument can make you a very big loser in the long run).

LANTERNComment by LANTERN - July 29, 2009, 5:07 pm
I was wrong I am counting them and the switching is kind of random not the same number of turns either way only thing for sure is that the turning switches every so often from every 5 to 11 turns.
Are you saying that she would only turn 1 way for you until you tried to make her turn the other way?
I can't make her turn only 1 way no matter how hard I try, she switches back and forth about every 5 to 11 turns.
LANTERNComment by LANTERN - July 29, 2009, 5:16 pm
Looks as if now I can make her switch almost right away at times, but it might just be my imagination, I better leave her alone before I go crazy.
Rick GComment by Rick G - July 29, 2009, 6:49 pm
Lantern, It took me some effort to switch back and forth and it took about 10 seconds. Even after a few times it was still an effort to switch from right to left. It was much easier to switch back from left to right.

It sounds like you think with both sides of the brain which is ideal. It takes training for most of us to do what you do naturally. That might explain the sensation I felt when the right-to-left switch was made. You use both sides involuntarily and therefore wouldn't notice the switch.
Rick GComment by Rick G - July 29, 2009, 6:54 pm
Jim, I would have to agree with the suggestibility theory. I know I'm pretty gullible. Maybe that's why my wife won all the arguments??
konaneComment by konane - July 29, 2009, 8:33 pm
Counterclockwise at first ... left brain logical. Then after about 30 seconds relaxed and she started going clockwise .... right brain.

Lantern from what I've read you're ideal in being able to switch back and forth as circumstances call for. Believe all humans are becoming more able to access that right brain intuitive aspect of themselves, and hope they're becoming more able to trust and rely on it.
four4meComment by four4me - July 29, 2009, 9:07 pm
I was told. Right handed people tend to use their right brain, left handed people tend to use their left brain. Being right handed most of my life when i worked in the machine shop i started doing many things with my left hand in a short period of time i got more used to using my left hand instead of my right hand while doing most things, except for writing. Some people said it would change the way i view the processes by which machinist use to determine different procedures for doing things.

After a while i started seeing different ways of doing many of the jobs we had at work and was able to bring fresh ideas the the shop floor many of which saved the company money and increased production.

So whether your right handed or left hand start using your opposite hand to do many of the tasks you do and see if it makes a difference in your thought patterns/processes.

LANTERNComment by LANTERN - July 29, 2009, 9:11 pm
Rick and konane

You know I used to read a lot about things of the mind a lot of years ago, I never practiced the stuff that I read about such as hypnosis, alpha and theta wave meditations and whatever, but I did buy some tapes and listened to them a few times, there were also brain hemispheres synchronization tapes (Hemi-Sync), maybe I listened to 1 or more of them, it was so long ago that I am not so sure about that, I just looked and they still sell such stuff:

LANTERNComment by LANTERN - July 29, 2009, 9:23 pm

While I am left handed and write with it, I use both hands, one for some-things and the other for others and if I want to I can even write some with my right hand, but really, if I want to, for most things I can use either, but I write better with my left, for all other things either hand works about the same.
Rick GComment by Rick G - July 29, 2009, 10:03 pm
four4me, that's very interesting about using the opposite hand. I might try that.
Rick GComment by Rick G - July 29, 2009, 10:05 pm
Lantern, thanks for those links...will check them out.
four4meComment by four4me - July 30, 2009, 12:29 am
Lantern what i am saying is i predominately use my right hand for everything mechanical like using ratchets, wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, etc. Then when i started doing all these tooling procedures i used my left hand and it became like second nature all the while i had no idea i was training my left brain to think with the right brain. After a while it completely changed my thought processes. I was more able to figure out complicated tasks that my right brain blocked because of my deep seated feelings controlled by my right brain.

In other words while i was able to complete complicated tasks before when i only used my right brain/hand i muddled about it as thought it were more difficult than it really was. When i used my left hand and my left brain kicked in those tasks were simplified because my feelings about it weren't interfering.

It's kind of complicated to express but i believe it changed my out look on a lot of things i used to find awkward.
20 years ago i wouldn't even attempt to install a set of spark plugs with my left hand because i always had difficulty doing it with my left hand, barely could do it now i can do it with my left hand and it's like an extension of myself i didn't know i had. I can do a lot of things with my left hand that i never could before like strike a nail accurately with every stroke.

Rick give it a shot when you get a chance you almost have to act as though you don't have another hand to do the work with. Then after some time your brain makes the connection and it's like you were always able to use your opposite hand.

Lucky StarComment by Lucky Star - July 30, 2009, 3:28 am
Thought when I first scrolled down she was turning Right/Clockwise. After a full turn Right, she started turning Left/Counter-Clockwise. ...And, she won't stop. She just turns Left/Counter-Clockwise.  I will try again later.  Right now, I need to stay as Left Brained as possible.  Interesting, Rick. Thanks!!!
Rick GComment by Rick G - July 30, 2009, 8:16 am
Thanks for all the comments. It has been interesting. Something we don't usually pay attention to because it's automatic.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 19, 2009, 3:15 pm
At first i saw her turn clockwise but then i saw her switch to counter clockwise and then back to clockwise and back and forth. I think I am right brain for the most part because I struggled with drawing and the stuff I excel in.

Drawing comes from the right side of the brain and most left handed people usually draws well. The opposite side of the brain controls the other side.

I can switch from either side at will (most women can, usually men can't) "What every women should know about a man" Dr. Joyce Brothers) but struggle with logically stuff sometimes.

If interested there's a book called "Drawing on the right side of the Brain" by Edwards. When I took drawing classes my classmates teased me because I needed silence to draw and they would be talking. It was like I had to switch over there or something. But ambidextrous people got it going on. I can only write with my right hand.

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