Spinning Girl - Which Way Do You Spin… Left Brain or Right Brain?

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  • Which way is the dancer spinning… clockwise or counter-clockwise?

    Most people will see her turning counter-clockwise, which apparently means you’re more left brained (logical). I see her spinning that way, and it’s at first almost impossible to imagine her going clockwise. But it happens, usually by focusing or when something unexpectedly alters your perception.

    reality based
    forms strategies


    uses feeling
    “big picture” oriented
    imagination rules
    symbols and images
    present and future
    philosophy & religion
    can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
    spatial perception
    knows object function
    fantasy based
    presents possibilities
    risk taking

    Many people associate the right brain with creativity and lateral thinking, and there’s certainly something to that. Our left brains create structures that can act as barriers to alternative solutions and perspectives.

    But your left brain plays a crucial role in creativity as well. Seeing logical associations between seemingly unrelated things is a hallmark of creativity. And the critical-thinking skills necessary to tell a good idea from a bad one are pretty important too.

    So… tell us which way your dancer spins for you in the comments. And weigh in with your opinion about the right brain versus left brain for creativity… isn’t it a really a “whole mind” thing?

    8 Responses to “Spinning Girl - Which Way Do You Spin… Left Brain or Right Brain?”

    Anonymous said...
    01 March, 2010

    very cool and very much confused too...

    Marc said...
    01 March, 2010

    Very interesting illusion. I have seen this before and while I usually see her spinning clockwise, there have been other times when it was counter clockwise for minutes at a time. Hard to explain, especially why after a few minutes it can suddenly switch.

    Anonymous said...
    03 April, 2010

    I mostly see her spinning clock-wise but if I shift my focus and read the blog she switches to counter cw. weird.

    Gaurav said...
    22 November, 2010

    well first i thought she was spinning clockwise.... well i was looking at her, and suddenly she changed her direction. I thought this was some trick with the gif image and not a true illusion.. then i Blinked...Then it changed, well i blinked again... again she changed her direction... then i Blinked(closed my eyes for abt 1/2 seconds frequently and every time she changed her direction... really interesting!!

    Randy said...
    11 December, 2010

    I can ONLY see her spinning clockwise. -In fact, isn't she? Hard to believe most see her counter-clockwise, when it LOOKS like she can only be spinning one direction. Maybe if I try hard, I'll see her spin the other way, and maybe get some of that 'structure' I so desperately need!

    Anonymous said...
    28 September, 2011

    I can't see anything other than clockwise.
    I've been staring at it for a while.

    Anonymous said...
    11 November, 2011

    anonymous #3 is so true

    Anonymous said...
    18 August, 2012

    focus on her feet of her "straight" leg. l find that l can decide which way she should turn in my mind!!

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