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Are you Right Brained or Left Brained? Can a Spinning Image Tell?


Around the year 2008, the spinning dancer image got popular on the internet as right brain-left brain test. It stated that if you see the dancer spinning clockwise, your right brain is more active and you are a creative person. And if you see it spinning counter-clockwise, you are using more of your left brain and you are a logical person.

But the explanation of the spinning dancer image as a personality test has been rejected by many scientists. It was criticised as there was no clear evidence that shows which hemisphere of the brain is dominant in the observer. 

The Spinning Dancer-What is it?

So, what is the image all about?

The spinning dancer is an animated, optical illusion created by Japanese web designer Nobuyuki Kayahara. Some people initially see the dancer spinning clockwise and some counterclockwise. Additionally, some may see the figure suddenly spin in the opposite direction.

Have a look at it yourself....


Was it spinning Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise or both for you? Do write in the Comments Section.

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About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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