Brain Switching Test. Creative right and left brain results.

Were you DESTINED to be a great designer from birth?

Good question – and here’s one theory on the whole right/left brain thing and a way of testing your brain. I recently remembered a great episode of Catalyst on the abc (Australia) which reported on the theory of brain switching, claiming that our brains are pre-programmed.  Scientists, monks, artists all have distinctive rates at which the brain can swap activity from right to left brain and vice versa. We can all do this, but  the results may be more pronounced between highly “CREATIVE” and highly “LOGICAL” brains. One of the claims is that the ‘switch rate’ may be predetermined from birth and affect our careers…

I thought I’d reproduce the test here (which is an cool illusion – and I remember being quite surprised how the dots REALLY dissapeared).

AFTER YOU FINISH THE TEST BELOW…
POST YOUR CREATIVE POSITION AND RESULTS PLEASE in the comments field!!!

SAMPLE: This is a pretty cool illusion when full screen

WHAT TO DO: (Read this before you start)

* Get a pen and paper.
* Time the test for 30 seconds.
* Concentrate on the top left yellow dot. As you stare at this dot, the other dots will begin to disappear. Each time all three dots re-appear, tick the paper.
* Stop after 30 seconds.

Take The Test! ******CLICK HERE *****

Scores

* If you scored between 4 and 6, your brain switch rate is average.
* If you scored more than 6, your brains switch rate is fast, like a dancer.
* If you scored less than 4, your brain switch rate is slow, like a mathematicians.

The orginal ABC story on brain switching can be found here.
http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1063853.htm

The original test can be found here: (I borrowed their gif and resized it for effect – hope they don’t mind!)
http://www.uq.edu.au/nuq/jack/bonneh.html

Remember to post your results! Thanks :)

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42 Responses

  1. ali says:

    WOOHOO! 8 times, i should be sitting upstairs! :-)

  2. viv says:

    did i have to put my name up there? damn, yes er i got er very high, i got 10 minus 5!

    I am an averaged switcher but we all know i just did it so i can balance out the ones that gets low…hehehe :)

  3. Iain says:

    I scored 3. Totally opposite from where I thought I’d be. I bet it would be different at 10am after the first coffee.

  4. Chris says:

    they never came back …

  5. richardp says:

    I managed an average 6, which is more than i thought to be honest!!!

  6. Deano says:

    Average: 3. I knew it. No wonder I can’t draw!

  7. Keith says:

    Can’t figure out how to stare at the yellow dot and my watch at the same time.

    :-)

  8. Simon says:

    8. say no more.

  9. infokill says:

    I got 5. Interestingly – the top right dot kept appearing on it’s own, before the other one faded in less often.

  10. Cheryl says:

    The two dots were pulsing on and off to a slow beat – 9 in total. After I read the documentation I can understand why this might happen… I took dance classes from the age of 4 to 19, so I my case it may be taught. I’m also an extremely detail focused person, so much that I often get distracted by bright colours or movement behind someone I’m talking to, and I often find myself apologising for it.

    Very interesting, thanks Iain!

  11. Neo Anderson says:

    The two dots somehow disappear alternately. And the process is not steady. Sometines they fully disppear and sometimes they just become dimmer. How wide my TV set screen should be? I guess guys whith smaller TV sets should sit closer :-) Nice theory by the way. Epspessially in the sence of studing depression disorder. I think it has the opportunity to make a boom in the near future.

    …got tired of the yellow dots… guess it’s the time to watch something else… I’m switching to MTV 😉

  12. Juho says:

    I got two ticks. I study music and I consider myself to be quite creative. I also like dancing and martial arts, but I also enjoy working my brain with logical and linguistical challenges.

  13. Drizzt1112 says:

    2 tick’s. And im good at mathe but what else does it mean? Am i somewhat slow in thinking??? = |

  14. Mag says:

    Okay,

    That’s 12 for me. What does that mean anyway? That I see a lot of things or what?
    Funny animation though. :)

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  16. Phil S says:

    I got 1. Then 3.

    If you read the full article, Buddhist monks can make the dots go away for hundreds of seconds without coming back.

  17. Marie says:

    Chris – None is very impressive – means you have huge pwers of concentration and focus. In my view – anyone who scores high is a bit skitty …

  18. Nick & Sarah says:

    Sarah is an artist. She averaged 7.
    I graduated art school and now teach 6th grade art. I averaged 7.

  19. Neal says:

    What dots. 😉

  20. Rob says:

    It seems to be whenever I blink, or when I move my eyes slightly.
    If I concentrate on not moving my eyes, I don’t see the other dots until I have to blink

  21. Jim says:

    the other top right dot faded and stayed that way. The bottom dot faded and then switched once. I’m not sure what that means. Scientifically oriented or eyesight is failing.

  22. Amanda says:

    i had 7.
    Never thought i’d be a “dancer”

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  24. nelson says:

    really trple double cool

  25. Xanyx says:

    I took it the first time and got 11… when I took it again I got 14. They actually were diappearing and flashing back disturbingly fast and bright, like if someone was trying to hypnotize me… making me dizzy and made my eyes twitch and burt. This test is pretty amazing (if this is for real). I’m a computer science student who is a dancer at the same time.. I’m good at sciences but I don’t like them them, this is just for money… I was told I have a talent for mathematics, and ironically it’s one of the most hated activities I can imagine… haha, these flashing stars were driving me crazy during the test.

  26. Xanyx says:

    ps: sorry for grammar errors, i’m trying to type riding a bus

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  28. v says:

    i got an 9…interesting,,,no wonder im never good at math….

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  31. pelle says:

    First time I only got 2 or 3, mainly because I had trouble focusing on one point since I have impaired vision but wear no glasses or contact lenses. But I tried again twice, because I know I suck at math, and fair enough, I got 6 last time, so I guess I have average/high average!

  32. Aaron says:

    I’m not sure how but after trying numerous times, I managed to lower my score, and now I can score from one to 7. the more focused you are on the upper left dot the fewer blinks, and you can’t pay attention to the blue dots, it’s hard but you have to try to forget about them, and the more erratic you allow your thoughts to become the more blinks.

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  36. Riang Ding Dang says:

    I got 2 which sounds about right for a maths nerd.

  37. Boo Bee says:

    I got 5 for average

  38. Jenn says:

    i can control it, what does that mean?

  39. Bill says:

    This isn’t about brain switching, it just plays on blind spots.

  40. Paula says:

    I think I got two ticks…but the other two dots didn’t fully re-appear, only appeared like mini-crescents for a second two or three? times…hard to tell.
    I was surprised to find I was like a mathemetician…I’m a piano teacher and singer.

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