November 13, 2007 at 3:05 am #25815
this is pretty interesting…I got the figure turning both ways, but it is hard to believe that I caused the shift….
recall the research I presented in a paper that the japanese are normally right brained, it is caused by the language apparently. This difference may drive different internal practices……
ARE YOU A RIGHT BRAINER OR A LEFT BRAINER? TAKE THIS QUICK TEST TO FIND OUT!
Left Right BrainYour brain — that three-pound mass of gray and white matter
between your ears — is the most complex object in the known universe. It
contains as many neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and we
know as much (or as little) about how they function as we know about all
This nifty little test can perhaps shed a ray of light on how your brain
operates — that is, whether your right brain, or left brain, is in charge.
Or, perhaps you¹re able to switch over at will.
Do you see her turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? If she¹s moving
clockwise you use more of your right brain, and vice versa.
Right Brain Functions
* Uses logic
* Detail oriented
* Facts rule
* Words and language
* Present and past
* Math and science
* Order/pattern perception
* Knows object name
* Reality based
* Forms strategies
Left Brain Functions
* Uses feeling
* ³Big picture² oriented
* Imagination rules
* Symbols and images
* Present and future
* Philosophy and religion
* Gets the ³meaning²
* Spatial perception
* Knows object function
* Fantasy based
* Presents possibilities
* Risk taking
Scientists still don¹t know exactly how your brain works, how information is
coded in neural activity, or how memories are stored and retrieved, for
example. Many still believe we only use a mere 10 percent of our brain, but
that is probably nothing more than a myth, and should never be used as an
excuse for not reaching goals and seizing opportunities that come your way.
Is it possible to unlock dormant areas of your brain? Perhaps it would be
better to ask how you can find ways to improve upon, and flex your existing
brain capabilities. Challenging your mind with new ideas, such as learning a
foreign language, doing crossword puzzles, or brainteasers such as this one,
can help keep your brain strong. With some practice, you can figure out how
to ³make² this twirling figure switch directions, indicating you¹ve switched
from using one brain lobe to the other.
Most importantly though, maintaining nutritious eating habits and regular
exercise are your two best allies when it comes to keeping your brain
healthy and working optimally — regardless of whether you¹re a right
brainer, or a left brainer.November 13, 2007 at 5:18 am #25816
One reason I am interested in brain dominance polarity as it may inform the chinese choices of yin and yang sides of the body (yang on left, yin on right), which seem to be opposite of most western descriptions. It raises the question as to whether the polar attributions are universal energy bodies or cultural energy bodies.
THE SPINNING DANCER AND THE BRAIN
By Yami McMoots
October 20, 2007
This image , originally created by
Nobuyuki Kayahara , is a great scientific
personality test. If you see the dancer spinning clockwise, you¹ve got
excess spleen qi in your left frontal crockus. This means that you¹re a
vibrant personality whose passions are apparent to everyone around you, but
sometimes you are indecisive. If you see her spinning counter-clockwise, the
right ascension of your natal chart lies in your sagittal broab and there
are Fire humours dribbling out your left nostril. You should see a doctor as
soon as possible.
An Australian tabloid recently republished the dancer with a little spiel
about how you can use her spin as an indication of whether you are
right-brained or left-brained. Since then, she¹s propagated all over the
internets, and so has the accompanying spiel.
In contrast to my deeply insightful, completely factitious interpretations
of the left frontal crockus, the tabloid¹s claims about ³left brain² and
³right brain² personality types are vastly overblown. But the spinny dancer
is captivating, and because we are watching her with our brains in addition
to our eyeballs, she must surely tell us something about how our brains
work so what¹s actually going on?
As it happens, my fiancé is a professional optical illusion geek. He spends
his time making monkeys play video games, in order to figure out their
visual processing systems. So I made him explain it to me.
This much is true: you process some visual stimuli on the right side of your
brain, and some on the left. You also have two optic nerves, one from the
back of each eyeball. On their way to the brain these nerves meet up in a
location called the optic chiasm. From the optic chiasm, information about
the left side of your field of view, no matter which eye it¹s coming from,
is sent to the right hemisphere of your brain to be processed. Information
about the right side of your field of view is sent to the left hemisphere.
Therefore, if you want to see what your right brain makes of the dancer, you
just need to look over to her right and watch her from your peripheral
vision. Looking to her left will show you the left-brained view.
After a little practice, I can get the dancer to switch between clockwise
and counter-clockwise spins – from either side of my visual field. This
means both sides of my brain see both directions of spin just fine. This
effect doesn¹t have anything to do with differences in visual processing by
the right and left sides of the brain.
Actually, the spinning dancer is an example of something called bistable
perception. As an object that can be seen in either of two ways, it¹s in the
same class of illusion as the Necker cube
and the face-vase
Your visual system has evolved to construct a reasonable mental image of the
world with a limited amount of information, and it uses a dizzying array of
assumptions to do so. In the natural world these assumptions are mostly
valid, and there¹s only one right way to interpret any given set of signals.
Artists and sundry neuroscientists, however, can consciously exploit the
assumptions your brain makes about the objects it¹s looking at to produce
images with two or more equally valid interpretations.
When presented with stimuli that have two valid, mutually contradictory
interpretations, your brain just picks one. Then, sometimes, it picks the
other. We still don¹t understand why this happens, or what role conscious
efforts might play in this shift in perception. Many people are able to make
the dancer shift directions at will, but the strategies I¹ve seen almost
always invoke a change of focus – I shift my attention to her feet, or
scroll up and down, others look at her hands or to her side. (I¹ve also seen
lots of people talk about staring at her nipples, but none who report that
it helps them see her change directions.)
There is absolutely nothing special about what your brain is doing when it
takes some funny black shapes and turns them into a dancer who spins in both
directions. Bistable stimuli are resolved using the exact same neural
circuitry as everything else, and you can prove it by sticking electrodes
into monkeys¹ heads (e.g., Grunewald et al., 2002). You could probably prove
it by sticking electrodes into your own head, too, if you felt like it.
Bistable images are useful tools for experiments, because they allow us to
isolate the part of visual processing where the brain is actually making a
decision about how to interpret an image from the parts that are purely
determined by the action at the back of your eyeball.
Bistability is not just a visual phenomenon, either – there¹s an audio
version called the tritone paradox. * If humans had less wimpy olfactory
processing, I¹m sure we could figure out some bistable smell illusions, too
– though as far as I know no one has tried to confuse dogs with this
If this explanation hasn¹t been technical enough for you, try this review
paper by Parker and Krug:
* The way you perceive the tones in the tritone paradox is strongly related
to your native language and the region in which you grew up. It¹s harder to
switch your perception of this paradox than it is to switch with most visual
illusions, but after listening a couple times and paying attention to the
overtones, I could hear the second pair of tones in the other direction.
There are lots of cool audio illusions to play with if you poke around that
site. This one, which ostensibly induces your brain to pick out words
related to things it has been dwelling on lately, is depressing — I default
to hearing the words ³no way² repeated over and over. But if I move my
speakers around a little I also start to hear ³burp², ³rainbow², ³wanker²,
and the name of the guy in the office next door. I think I¹ll stick to
interpreting my dreams instead.November 13, 2007 at 10:19 am #25818
… but don’t really think this means very much! I wouldn’t attach any diagnostic significance to this.
On the whole question of yin/yang combined with left/right, are our only two options really either ‘what is natural’ and ‘what is cultural’? I feel it’s very possible that geographic location on the surface of the earth could influence this in some way. Eastern languages seem often to remain more pictographic, which tends to indicate greater right-brain consciousness – but why do they? Perhaps the energies in some areas are more conducive to such a consciousness than in others.
I’ve been told that the Japanese tend to process music in a more left-brained manner than the Americans. I tend to feel culture adapts to the spot in which it finds itself growing. In other words differences what is cultural might reflect differences in what is natural. To be sure, a great deal of research would have to be done.
I also have been told that the polarity of the aura can reverse owing to trauma or neurosis. I am about to experiment with some magnetic methods of clearing and restructuring the aura and will let people know about the results. This only applies to the aura and not to the energy body as a whole though.
Come to think of it Michael, is this a good moment to ask for further information about your copper roof, and your thoughts on the ‘Mahatma machine’ that Jernej posted about below? jNovember 13, 2007 at 10:54 am #25820
My friend awhile back showed me that web sit and the picture, and I was going to post but forgot. I got the picture going both ways but did not now this was anything special as he did not tell me why I was looking at the picture at the time. My dad after vietnam and prison became extra verted. I believe the whole intraverted extra verted things relates to this as well. I also like looking at differrent male female traits like some concider a women trait to be cold, logical, calculating, puzzel solvers, and male apects to be intuitive, firery, adventurous.November 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm #25822
The dancer did dance counter clock wise for me. I couldn’t make it switch. But then thinking about how to make her shift direction I realised I had to change how I looked at the legs or arms. When I saw it at the back I had to think it was at the front and vice versa. This made her go the other direcion a short while and then back to the counter clockwise again. But after some more tries she changed direcion.
I see wery badly at the left eye but after reading MW description of how the eyes work thats perhaps not the reason why I had a somewhat hard time to make her change direction.
About the east and west. In the book “opening the dragon gate, the making of a taoist wizard” the author describes some interesting thouhgts of how the earth are like a human or like the universe if you want. The earth has different acupuncture meridians and points on different geographical lokations. Don’t remember so much of it right now but some: The Saudi Arabia is the navel point, the bermudas triangle is the point of life and death=ming men, and so on. Perhaps such an explanation to look at the earths energy systems whole picture can explain why people in the east are different from us in different aspects.November 13, 2007 at 9:36 pm #25824
When you copied the post, you got the functions of
the left and right brain switched . . .
Left Brain is the logic, math, science side
Right Brain is the imagination, feeling side
As to my results:
For me, I can make it switch direction, but when it does
it stays in the new direction for a long time
and it takes a concerted effort to get it to go
the other way again.
One way I found I could get it to switch direction was
to do an Inner Smile to the side of the brain I wanted
to be dominant. It would then stay that way, and I
had to do work to switch back.
I played with it for way too long though; I gave
myself a headache.
SteveNovember 13, 2007 at 11:07 pm #25826November 13, 2007 at 11:14 pm #25828November 13, 2007 at 11:32 pm #25830
it might just be the greatest chi proof yet!
also, try staring into her crotch for indefinite periodsNovember 13, 2007 at 11:48 pm #25832November 14, 2007 at 7:43 am #25834
This is fun!
At first I could only see her turning clockwise.
With some effort I could make her turn the other way, but only for short periods of time.
What helped for me was to close my eyes and visualise her turning the other way.
Then I realised that moving my own energy in one or the other direction made her move either way. After that I could easely make her turn in both directions, doing full turns and half turns. And since my neighbour is practicing his pianoplaying right now we created a little ballet.November 14, 2007 at 9:01 am #25836
How do you do this with the energy. I can make her change direction now but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with how I rorate my own energy. Where do you rotate it in the hed navel or tan-tien or somewhere else?November 14, 2007 at 9:53 am #25838
and better than I can do.
It’s funny because I showed it to two very good friends.
One could only see it go clockwise, the other could
only see it go counterclockwise. Moreover, each were
totally convinced that it was a trick and that it
didn’t actually go the other way.
SteveNovember 14, 2007 at 10:33 am #25840
Trying to recreate the sensation of this morning I find it very hard to do.
Probably thinking to much about it, since I tried analysing it at the same time.
Always hard to keep a beginners mind.
I do think it has something to do with identifying with the figurine and I feel the rotation most in the solarplexus. Moving my hands with the motion helped.November 14, 2007 at 10:37 am #25842
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