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I am not only right-brained, but I think my left brain must be completely shut down. The article says I should be able to make the animation go anti-clockwise by "focusing" on it, but no matter how hard I concentrate it just keeps going clockwise. (According to the article, left-brained people see the animation go anti-clockwise, right-brained people see it go clockwise.)



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BAW [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Focus on the feet - I scrolled down until just the feet and the matching shadow below are visible, and then read the description for the Left Brain or Right Brain, and her spin changed accordingly. It kind of freaked me out.

Either I'm highly suggestible or I simply don't have the courage of my convictions...

I saw it only go clockwise at first, but I kept concentrating and after about 30 seconds or so, it started going counterclockwise. When I would move my eyes to read the article, it started going clockwise again. When I look back at it, it then alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise every few seconds. I guess I'm more right-brained than I realized. However, my left-brain puts up a good fight. :-)

It's more of a depth perception issue than rotation. Is the extended leg point in or out when its shadow passes by? I.e., is that extended foot shadow in front of or behind the standing foot shadow? Is the standing foot slanting up towards you or down away from you?

While looking at it this time, I got in to the bouncing state for just a short bit, where she isn't rotating but oscillating.

Of course, I've practiced this on ceiling fans for years and it does get easier with practice.

None of that worked for me.

El Cid [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Saw both directions. It helps to be dyslexic and schizophrenic...:).

Jeffro [TypeKey Profile Page]:

She only rotated to the right for me. I couldn't concentrate on changing her direction because she seemed to be somewhat chilled, and I was distracted.

OK, I think that the illusion really measures height, not brain sidedness. Try leaning down and looking at your monitor from the lowest location you can get your head, then from the highest. See if that affects the direction of rotation.

Hm. Looking from below produced no difference. Looking from above produced a momentary switch to counter-clockwise, but it only lasted a second before going back to clockwise. Right brain wins!

aelfheld [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I'm right-handed, which, if I understand these things, means I'm left-brained, but I can only see her turning clockwise.

I'm right-handed too. I only use my left hand to lift my coffee cup (and that's because it's on the left side of my computer). Well, and to type. But otherwise my left hand is definitely underused.

I'm right-handed as well, so I was surprised I wasn't more left-brained. I'll have to ask my left-handed sister to take a look at that and see what results she gets.

What red-blooded American man is ever going to look at her ankles?

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