How does the brain work?

How does the  brain work is still one of most intriguing unresolved mysteries of science.  Here is one practical test that will show you just how amazing and hard it is to evaluate how does the brain work.

You need to look at the animation and tell if you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise. You may think that it is clear that is is turning only way way. It turns out that different people have different perception of what is really happening. If you see it turn clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

You can also try to concentrate and try to turn the dancer other way around just by using your brain!

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
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

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  1. Doby do
    Feb 10th, 2011 9:27 AM

    I can make it go either way..........i just have to concentrate enough to make my self believe that is going the other way....and it just changes.....cooollll

  2. WhO kNoWs
    Jan 19th, 2011 2:40 AM

    The logic is simple. If the figure is spinning clockwise you are viewing the figure from a high perspective. The figure spins counter-clockwise if you view it from a low perspective. You can easily flip the direction by thinking about this and changing the tilt of the computer screen.

  3. TIM
    Dec 29th, 2010 11:16 PM

    Hi. the brain is perhaps the most least understood of all organs in human anatomy. I read about IQ tests sometime ago,you know what was the most inteesting observation. there is no accedptable definition of intelligence. How do you define intelligence? whatever theories we have about the human mind, left or right brain,they are incomplete.perhaps we have to acknowledge one harsh reality. our knowledge is limited, our faculties (mental) are unlimited. can a finite entity measure infinity? can we measure or fully or properly understand our own brains using a finite measuring tape?seems highly difficult but may be possible: a challenge for 21st century

  4. Devin
    Dec 27th, 2010 8:27 AM

    I think it depends on perspective. If I think of myself as the center of a clock then she appears to be moving anti-clockwise. However, if I imagine myself as the dancer then I would be moving clockwise.

  5. Jess
    Sep 30th, 2010 3:17 AM

    I saw it going clockwise at first and couldn't get my head around it. but then I noticed some ticks in the animation at the points where the legs etc. crossover. I still don't quite get how it works. But I've noticed if I look at the left or right brain lists and try to be in the mindset of one of those characteristics i.e. logic or feeling - it's amazing how quickly it turns the other way!

  6. Sep 2nd, 2010 9:14 PM

    she is turning in both directions.everyone can see that dah

  7. mbangi
    Sep 2nd, 2010 9:11 PM

    this lady is moving in the clockwise direction at first for about 2 mins and then changes and moves in the clockwise diretion

    • Sydney
      Jan 10th, 2011 10:15 PM

      You said she is moving clockwise then switches and moves clockwise....That makes no sense.

  8. Jun 16th, 2010 8:07 PM

    If you could have only predicted the traffic you would get with the twirling girl?

  9. Casey Weatherup
    May 18th, 2010 7:02 AM

    it's turning anti-clockwise! can't anybody see it?

  10. oz
    Jan 15th, 2010 6:21 PM

    it is so dynamic and unpredictable... and its such a cheat of a dancer.

  11. xephanethpanare
    Jan 15th, 2010 6:08 PM

    its so clockwise you don't even have to think about it....

  12. marlene
    Jan 8th, 2010 8:24 AM

    the lady turns clokwise and the after a wile she changes her direction just watch for a wile and you will see

  13. Jan 2nd, 2010 11:04 PM

    you dont use your brain at all she turns by herself

  14. EASY
    Dec 27th, 2009 10:19 PM

    OK! I see it both ways. That is because the lady is not even turning a full 360 degree turn. She is just moving her one leg 180 degrees and back. Only her head and her upper body is doing a full 360 degree turn. You can see it both ways if you concentrate.

  15. hmm
    Dec 3rd, 2009 1:08 PM

    I seem to think the actual dancer changes direction of her movements rather than our perception changing...

  16. Oct 15th, 2009 8:15 PM

    counter clockwise baby!. left brain for the war.

  17. Genius
    Sep 26th, 2009 6:48 AM

    I can see it going both directions at the same time. My eyes start to feel weird and then I see it, just 1 image of it, but one side of my mind perceives all the attributes of it as leftward going, and the other side perceives all attributes of it as rightward going, and I'm behind there going good job you're both right. It's the same as seeing vases and faces simultaneously or seeing multiple possibilities at once in a chess game, for example.

  18. Amazing
    Sep 7th, 2009 2:15 PM

    WOW i first saw it clockwise, then looked away but had a blurry image of it [still looking] then made it go anti clockwise! then slowly looked at the image and was going anti clockwise for 20 seconds AWESO!M!!!

  19. Aug 29th, 2009 2:24 PM

    Going clockwise for me there you go!