Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Right Brain, Left Brain... or no Brain?

This link was posted on the ROMAUS loop, so of course I had to have a nose. It shows a dancer in silhouette and depending on which direction you see her dancing, can tell whether you use more of your left or right side of your brain.

I saw her dancing clockwise, which means I use the right side of my brain more (apparently!). Then she suddenly turned and started dancing anti clockwise. What fun!! I called my husband over to have a look, and just as he said, yeah she's dancing clockwise - she suddenly faced me and started swinging her leg back and forth.

And he couldn't see it!!!

I yelled for my son to come and take a look (never mind that I'd just put him to bed, this was important!) and he confirmed she was dancing clockwise.

All this time, the dancer was just standing there, swinging her leg from side to side, and the thing is - there is no explanation on the website! So I'm thinking I managed to splinter my brain or something!

Can anyone else see her doing that???

Oops nearly forgot to post the link! Here!

7 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

I'm reluctant to go and visit because I just know I won't see anything...

Christina Phillips said...

Shelley, if you do have a peek, I'd *love* to know what you see. So far I haven't found anyone else who saw this dancer just stnading there swinging her leg at them... it's a bit worrying, really!!!

Anonymous said...

Patwitch says:

Me! Me!
I saw what you saw! For me though - first she went anit-clockwise, then clockwise then anti again and then YES, she was facing me swinging her leg back and forth.

OK, we always did say us witches were joined at the hip, maybe it's true.

Christina Phillips said...

Oh yay! I'm so glad, Patwitch!! And the funny thing is it wasn't as if I was focusing to make her change direction - she just DID!!

Kate Hardy said...

Christina, if that's the one I think it is, the explanation is here:

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/shortsharpscience/2007/10/bring-on-dancing-girl.html

Fascinating stuff!

Christina Phillips said...

Kate, thank you sooo much for that link! It's a very interesting explanation tho I must confess I still don't understand how it works!

Sara Hantz said...

I could make it turn by focusing on the feet. It started going clockwise though.