Left Brain v Right Brain Test

The majority of people will see the dancer moving counter-clockwise that means you are using the left side of your brain.

If the dancer is moving clockwise you are using the right side of your brain.  Try to concentrate and see if she changes direction.


This theory of the structure and functions of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different “modes” of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other.


Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:


Language:  grammar/vocabulary

Left hemisphere only:  direct fact retrieval

uses logic
detail oriented
 math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies


Prosodic Language functions:  intonation and accentuation

Artistic ability

“big picture” oriented
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
presents possibilities
risk taking

Brain function lateralization is evident in the phenomena of right- or left-handedness and of right or left ear preference, but a person’s preferred hand is not a clear indication of the location of brain function. Although 95% of right-handed people have left-hemisphere dominance for language, only 18.8% of left-handed people have right-hemisphere dominance for language function. Additionally, 19.8% of the left-handed have bilateral language functions.


Video by GunitSolda7g.

9 thoughts on “Left Brain v Right Brain Test

  1. That was fun. When I first looked at the dancer, she was spinning counter-clockwise. I moved closer to the computer and suddenly, she was spinning clockwise. There was no way that I could get her to spin counter-clockwise after that. Interesting considering that I have a science degree and I now do “energy work” such as Reiki and Shiatsu and I am beginning to do hypnosis which is speaking to a person’s sub-conscious.

  2. Great post Freedomrebel!


    And consider this, ‘Cats’….

    First of all, reading the first two paras I suspected that when I started the video I would see the figure rotating counter -clockwise because a) “most people do” and b) as the first para I would probably take my cue from that–auto suggestion basically.
    But instead I immediately saw the figure rotating clockwise.
    I waited for my brain to ‘change its mind’ but after a minute it was still going clockwise, so I tried to “think” it into reversing, but still nothing happened and I wondered how the hell anyone could could perceive the figure as NOT going clockwise.

    I am ‘artistic’–art college, acting, photography etc, and I was average-to- poor in physics, chemistry and math, BUT, I’m often very logical (in fact I found Boolean algebra–logic–easy whilst I struggled with every other Math discipline).

    So I’m thinking after about 1:30, when is my Left-brain going to kick in and reverse the perceived direction? I mean, I’m not Van Gogh or Salvador Dali! I was a troubleshooter in IT for seven years, for goodness sake!

    So there had to be some kind of ‘switch’ in my brain and therefore some kind of visual cue somewhere in animation that would flip that switch.

    So I concentrated on the pivoting foot, looked away quickly then back at the foot, blinked and Voila! change of direction!

    There’s a bit of a delay, sometimes two blinks needed, but it worked for me.


  3. Oh yeah, just found an easier way.

    Start the animation. My brain tells me its moving clockwise (by default).
    Pause the animation at the point where the legs “cross”, and just decide that the leg that is supposed to be “in back” is now in front. Start the animation again and the direction instantly reverses.
    Stop at the cross over again, reverse the perception of which leg is in front and voila, you get the counter-rotation again!.

  4. Doesn’t work for me, I see clockwise all the time. Of course, I make a living (machining) watch things spin in a clockwise direction!

  5. I’m glad you liked it 5th. I see the dancer going both ways. All I do is scan down the page and then go back and it is going in the opposite direction.

    When I look at the dancer I always see her going in a clockwise motion first. Then counter-clockwise. I’m not surprised because I’m more a right brain person, except I’m very detail oriented and love science.

  6. That’s fascinating. It’s clockwise for me, no matter how hard I try to change it. What does this mean again? Me artistic? Errr..not that I know.

  7. It’s moving clockwise for me — no matter what. I always thought I was strongly left-brained.

    Artistic ability — no
    “big picture” oriented — yes
    present and future — yes
    philosophy & religion — yes/no
    can “get it” (i.e. meaning) — yes
    believes — it depends
    appreciates — yes
    spatial perception — no
    knows object function — most often
    presents possibilities — yes
    impetuous — sometimes
    risk taking — depends on the risk. 🙂

    Cool post!

  8. It started out clockwise then about a quarter of the way through it reversed for a bit, then back. Happened again at about half way and again at 3/4. The second time through I could get it to shift almost at will.

    shows to go ya, I’m just confused.

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