Are You a Right Brainer or a Left Brainer?

Take This Quick Test to Find Out!

Your brain -- that three-pound mass of gray and white matter between your ears -- is the most complex object in the known universe. It contains as many neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and we know as much (or as little) about how they function as we know about all those stars.

This nifty little test can perhaps shed a ray of light on how your brain operates – that is, whether your right brain, or left brain, is in charge. Or, perhaps you’re able to switch over at will.

Click on the link to the Herald Sun, which will take you to an image of a dancer. Do you see her turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? If she’s moving clockwise you use more of your right brain, and vice versa.

Left Brain Functions

Uses logic
Detail oriented
Facts rule
Words and language
Present and past
Math and science
Order/pattern perception
Knows object name
Reality based
Forms strategies

Right Brain Functions

Uses feeling
“Big picture” oriented
Imagination rules
Symbols and images
Present and future
Philosophy and religion
Gets the “meaning”
Spatial perception
Knows object function
Fantasy based
Presents possibilities
Risk taking

Scientists still don’t know exactly how your brain works, how information is coded in neural activity, or how memories are stored and retrieved, for example. Many still believe we only use a mere 10 percent of our brain, but that is probably nothing more than a myth, and should never be used as an excuse for not reaching goals and seizing opportunities that come your way.

Is it possible to unlock dormant areas of your brain? Perhaps it would be better to ask how you can find ways to improve upon, and flex your existing brain capabilities. Challenging your mind with new ideas, such as learning a foreign language, doing crossword puzzles, or brainteasers such as this one, can help keep your brain strong. With some practice, you can figure out how to “make” this twirling figure switch directions, indicating you’ve switched from using one brain lobe to the other.

Most importantly though, maintaining nutritious eating habits and regular exercise are your two best allies when it comes to keeping your brain healthy and working optimally – regardless of whether you’re a right brainer, or a left brainer.


Herald Sun October 9, 2007