What are YOU thinking?

by tomw
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The decisions we make are often informed by our state of mind. How we're feeling at the time of making them. Depending on what we have on our minds at any one particular time we are using either the right or left side of our brains.

Often when we have a major decision to make, it can be useful to be informed by both sides.

When looking at the animation below, most people see the girl spinning anti-clockwise. I almost always initially see it spinning clockwise.

If anti-clockwise you are predominantly a left sided brain thinker. Clockwise, a right sided brain thinker.

If you focus and think about different things you can actually change the direction the girl spins and switch between both halves of your brain. It takes a little practice and it's pretty amazing to see!

It's often very useful to take the time to consider major decisions and get both sides of our brain in gear. Especially when making business decisions and evaluating our own responses to certain threads

Which side are you using right now?

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LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

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RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

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Thomas
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  • Profile picture of the author KathyK
    I see it both ways easily - last time I saw this one it going anti-clockwise first, this time it was clockwise. Close my eyes for a second, reopen and it changes....

    Evidently I've got an ambidextrous brain. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
    That's spooky, Tom. And you're right, I did get it to spin in the opposite direction.

    Now how do I get it to go back the other way. This is driving me crazy...

    KJ
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    • Profile picture of the author tomw
      Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

      That's spooky, Tom. And you're right, I did get it to spin in the opposite direction.

      Now how do I get it to go back the other way. This is driving me crazy...

      KJ
      Oh no, Joe! You've broken your brain.

      Thomas
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      • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
        Originally Posted by tomw View Post

        Oh no, Joe! You've broken your brain.

        Thomas
        I hate it when that happens...:p


        On a serious note, it would be interesting to see how many successful IMers are RT brained vs LT brained. My guess is a RT brained individule will have an easier time implimenting any given strategy and running with it.

        No felt need to over analyze or dissect every little aspect and get stuck by fear or insecurities.

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        • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Watson
          Thomas, you are a man after
          my own heart...I love this kind
          of stuff.

          When I first looked at it she
          was spinning clockwise, then
          mid way I swear she began
          spinning counter-clockwise.

          If we can learn to focus our
          minds...there is NO limit to
          what we can do...

          Peace and Love
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        • Profile picture of the author BSM
          Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

          I hate it when that happens...:p


          On a serious note, it would be interesting to see how many successful IMers are RT brained vs LT brained. My guess is a RT brained individule will have an easier time implimenting any given strategy and running with it.


          KJ
          I would like to go back to this thought about who might be more successful as an IMer...I'm thinking that RT brained individuals might come up with new concepts & services, while the LT brained folks would be the better implementers. Being RT brained myself, I'm always excited by the big picture, but struggle with making the nitty gritty happen. Any comments?
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          • Profile picture of the author BSM
            Forgot to sign my name...still am a "newbie"

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            • Profile picture of the author ExRat
              Hi Paul,

              That the benefit of the second would be different for you is a matter of perspective
              Well, I can't argue with that. Damn. Next...

              Seriously, I believe we're talking about "alikeness" from different angles. I mean something very much at the root of what we all want and need. The surface stuff is, lergely, a matter of how we choose to go about getting it.
              I see - very true. But I'm still not sure that the major benefit for me is that it makes me like people more. Perhaps it helps me to dislike them less.

              No, seriously, if we consider what this is -

              what we all want and need
              ...then I think that as I become a little wiser, I realised that I was previously a mindless drone, endlessly seeking those things/that thing ('it') in a way that probably ensured that I wouldn't get 'it'. Actually stopping to consider these things, was a breakthrough moment for me .

              And the next breakthrough was realising that once I got 'it' from myself, before seeking 'it' from others, and steered a path through life that was designed to further that aim, I would become more self-sufficient, less likely to be derailed by others and interestingly, more able to get 'it' from others as well.

              Sidenote - I don't want to be a wombat, but I presume 'lergely' is a rare Myers typo of 'largely'? I only ask because () I occasionally right click to dictionary.com when reading your writing - although more often via a pdf, than from the forum.

              When we see how people go after what they want, we can more easily see where their approaches will conflict with our own
              Or as it applies to dating, understanding which way the lady spins

              Hi AuctionExec,

              My wife and I did this test too. At first, we both saw the picture go clockwise.

              Within seconds, she noticed it go anticlockwise. I, on the other hand, did not see any change in direction for at least over a minute.
              It's worth noting that females always pay a different kind of attention to other females. Particularly when their nipples are visible, and their husband is looking.

              Hi Mike,

              Great point. But for those who don't end up partnering with others, simply use your theory and pay particular attention to friends who have a different perspective, and ask them leading questions designed to get them to spill their opinion on the subject at hand, and treat their feedback like the 'holy grail' - (don't let the ni-sayers get in your way )
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          • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
            Originally Posted by BSM View Post

            I'm thinking that RT brained individuals might come up with new concepts & services, while the LT brained folks would be the better implementers. Any comments?
            Barbara,

            This has been my problem for years.

            I have too many ideas, too many blueprints. I never stop coming up with new concepts, new approaches, and new angles. I'm a dreamer, a big picture guy. I can create an entire 5-year plan in my mind in a matter of minutes.

            Implementation on the other hand..... :rolleyes:

            The one time in my life that I managed to completely put together one of my plans, it earned a healthy 6-figures over it's 17 month run, so I know that some of my ideas are bound to be sound and not just some pie in the sky fantasy.

            It's funny what comes into your life when you begin to accept yourself for who you are instead of constantly battling to try and be someone you're not....

            Right about the time I realized that it might be beneficial for me to team up with a more logical, left-brained, implementer type, an old friend whom I hadn't heard from in quite some time contacted me.

            Our strengths complement each other perfectly, so I'm very hopeful that we will be able to work together on a project and ultimately create a better product together then either of us could separately.

            If you find yourself to be extremely dominant one way or the other, considering partnering with someone you can trust whose skills are the complete opposite of yours. It ultimately benefits both you and your customers, since you ultimately provide them with better service and a better product in the end.

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  • Profile picture of the author raynman
    I have never seen the girl spinning anti-clockwise.

    I'm hopeless. Either that or the emperor has no clothes and she is always spinning clockwise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Actually with this image I use my right brain. And to check it with my left brain, I need to relax and lay down thinking that the girl was on the top of the glass and spinning. Anyone got my point?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Monty
    Clockwise. Hit the nail right on the head too. Fascinating.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Very clever Tom.

      I reloaded the thread multiple times because the first time the picture
      was definitely moving the left leg from left to right.

      Upon subsequent reloads, I noticed that on a few, the picture actually
      changed rotations in the middle, going from right to left and then left to right.

      So in actuality, this picture does both.

      It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The
      figure actually does change rotations.

      To see it clearly, keep your eye planted not on the leg that's turning but
      on the foot that is planted on the floor.

      I think if we could examine the code for this, we will see that it does in
      fact change rotation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
        I have equal amount of characteristics for both brain sides, based on those lists. Yet, for now, I only see her spinning clockwise, hence right brained.

        I tried seeing what Steven was - looking at the "planted" foot for the rotation change, but didn't notice it.

        Then again, my mind is more on packing to move than getting dizzy watching a girl twirl! hehehe

        Bookmarking this thread for later viewing ....
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      • Profile picture of the author tomw
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Very clever Tom.

        I reloaded the thread multiple times because the first time the picture
        was definitely moving the left leg from left to right.

        Upon subsequent reloads, I noticed that on a few, the picture actually
        changed rotations in the middle, going from right to left and then left to right.

        So in actuality, this picture does both.

        It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The
        figure actually does change rotations.

        To see it clearly, keep your eye planted not on the leg that's turning but
        on the foot that is planted on the floor.

        I think if we could examine the code for this, we will see that it does in
        fact change rotation.
        LOL! Why does your response not surprise me! Think about what it implies...

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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by tomw View Post

          LOL! Why does your response not surprise me! Think about what it implies...

          Thomas
          It implies that I'm an analytical person who also sees the big picture.

          But I'd still love to get a look at that code.
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          • Profile picture of the author tomw
            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

            It implies that I'm an analytical person who also sees the big picture.

            But I'd still love to get a look at that code.
            It isn't a trick. It's just an animated gif. Drag and drop to your desktop and analyse away.

            Google something like "left right brain spinning girl" and you'll find a lot of info, including some of the function characteristics I pasted in the thread.

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          • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

            It implies that I'm an analytical person who also sees the big picture.

            But I'd still love to get a look at that code.
            It has 34 images on clockwise that changes every 0.03 seconds Steven.
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          • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

            It implies that I'm an analytical person who also sees the big picture.

            But I'd still love to get a look at that code.
            Hey Steven,

            Do you have PhotoShop or similar? If so, save the .gif file and open it in Image Ready (or similar). Then you can look at the picture frame by frame.

            Cheers,
            Becky
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            • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
              Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

              Hey Steven,

              Do you have PhotoShop or similar? If so, save the .gif file and open it in Image Ready (or similar). Then you can look at the picture frame by frame.

              Cheers,
              Becky

              Becky, I opened it up in Photoshop and opened the animation screen but
              I have no idea how to view this frame by frame. It is only showing one frame
              in the animation window.
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      • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Very clever Tom.

        I reloaded the thread multiple times because the first time the picture
        was definitely moving the left leg from left to right.

        Upon subsequent reloads, I noticed that on a few, the picture actually
        changed rotations in the middle, going from right to left and then left to right.

        So in actuality, this picture does both.

        It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The
        figure actually does change rotations.

        To see it clearly, keep your eye planted not on the leg that's turning but
        on the foot that is planted on the floor.

        I think if we could examine the code for this, we will see that it does in
        fact change rotation.
        WEEDOGGY!

        Can't wait till Les sees this post...

        KJ
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        • Profile picture of the author LoreCee
          I've tried and tried to see the counterclockwise and just can't do it. I guess that proves I'm hopelessly right-brained--which reflects my approach in real life. I'm a synthesizer, not a dissecter.
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      • Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Very clever Tom.

        I reloaded the thread multiple times because the first time the picture
        was definitely moving the left leg from left to right.
        Upon subsequent reloads, I noticed that on a few, the picture actually
        changed rotations in the middle, going from right to left and then left to right.
        So in actuality, this picture does both.
        It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The
        figure actually does change rotations.
        To see it clearly, keep your eye planted not on the leg that's turning but
        on the foot that is planted on the floor.
        I think if we could examine the code for this, we will see that it does in
        fact change rotation.

        Good take and analysis, Steve.

        I saw the same thing you saw right out the box because as a rational human being I know that my subjective visual insistencies do not determine the actual nature of an object.

        Certainly, I understand the spirit and fuzzy intent, but Rationality and Reason is superior to merely buying into assumption for sentimentality's sake.

        The graphic has absolutely NOTHING to do with - nor is one's interpretation of the graphic a predictor of - one's decision-making habits or tendencies.

        I know it buggers some otherwise cuddly folk, but humanity isn't led out of the cave into the bright and shiny world - past the frightening, inhibiting shadows of superstition and delusion - by mentalities that accept every facade presented them as gospel.

        No, humanity is ushered into the brightness (and out of the dark ages) by minds that question and test and demand verification - minds that prod and poke and irritate the comfort of precedent - minds like your own.

        Give 'em hell, my friend.

        Good job.
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        • Profile picture of the author tomw
          Originally Posted by DynamicMentalFitness View Post

          Good take and analysis, Steve.

          I saw the same thing you saw right out the box because as a rational human being I know that my subjective visual insistencies do not determine the actual nature of an object.

          Certainly, I understand the spirit and fuzzy intent, but Rationality and Reason is superior to merely buying into assumption for sentimentality's sake.

          The graphic has absolutely NOTHING to do with - nor is one's interpretation of the graphic a predictor of - one's decision-making habits or tendencies.

          I know it buggers some otherwise cuddly folk, but humanity isn't led out of the cave into the bright and shiny world - past the frightening, inhibiting shadows of superstition and delusion - by mentalities that accept every facade presented them as gospel.

          No, humanity is ushered into the brightness (and out of the dark ages) by minds that question and test and demand verification - minds that prod and poke and irritate the comfort of precedent - minds like your own.

          Give 'em hell, my friend.

          Good job.
          ...like I said, some people's responses have been interesting...
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Very clever Tom.

        I reloaded the thread multiple times because the first time the picture
        was definitely moving the left leg from left to right.

        Upon subsequent reloads, I noticed that on a few, the picture actually
        changed rotations in the middle, going from right to left and then left to right.

        So in actuality, this picture does both.

        It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The
        figure actually does change rotations.

        To see it clearly, keep your eye planted not on the leg that's turning but
        on the foot that is planted on the floor.

        I think if we could examine the code for this, we will see that it does in
        fact change rotation.
        Nope. It's an optical illusion. Unless there's a computer that is wired up to my brain. I can make it spin any direction I want at any time I want. The part where the leg changes is your brain perceiving it to spin the other way.

        That or it actually does change as well as being an optical illusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineWriter
    All I see are nipples spinning in a clockwise direction....

    I've been staring at that for some time. It ALWAYS goes clockwise....oh, nm...sneaky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
    I saw her spinning clockwise at first glance and on subsequent loads. I am certainly a "right" brainer, no doubt about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    I look to her left, she turns to the right.
    I look to her right, and she turns left.

    When I look in the middle, my IQ drops and screws up both sides.

    Grant
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    • Profile picture of the author tomw
      Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

      I look to her left, she turns to the right.
      I look to her right, and she turns left.

      Grant
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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    Originally Posted by Paul M View Post

    I think the following blog explains this animation well.

    NeuroLogica Blog Left Brain - Right brain and the Spinning Girl


    Thomas,

    Nice thread.....had me puzzled for a while
    -paul
    We have a winner!

    We make our own reality and react accordingly, based upon how we perceive the world around us!

    Way to go, Paul.

    Anyone done the Gorilla test..?

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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      Love that gorilla one. Showed it to my wife and watched her reaction the second time she watched it. Priceless.

      I just did the man in the coffee beans one from the article. And it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt I have too much time on my hands

      What happened to A-1s' post? Hmmm...

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      There is no gorilla - he simply wasn't there.

      Mr Wagenheim, I can't advise you how to view the animation frame by frame but I can assure you that it is an optical illusion - no coding trickery that makes her spin one way and then the other, it's simply how you choose to be viewing the world at that precise moment.

      This isn't just a fun trick, it's a really useful brain exercise. Learn to use both sides of your brain and you have the opportunity to realise more potential, communicate more efficiently and, dare I say it, possibly make more money.

      Your choice.

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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi TomW,

        a) although I've looked into this before, it's still a really useful post.

        b) it's also quite amusing reading some of the responses

        c) what does it mean when I can make it spin vertically either way, or stop it from spinning completely?

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        • Profile picture of the author tomw
          Hi Roger,

          a) although I've looked into this before, it's still a really useful post.
          Thanks! I was really interested in seeing what you referred to in point "b." It was inspired by a PM conversation I had with the lovely Sean [The IM Reporter]. Despite the initial bunkum there is a real truth behind it as I posted in response to Paul.

          b) it's also quite amusing reading some of the responses
          You can say that again! One in particular...LOL!

          c) what does it mean when I can make it spin vertically either way, or stop it from spinning completely?
          erm..you're either here to lead us all into the promised land of the Exrat Empire or you just probably need to spend less time in the surf...you lucky b......!



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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

        There is no gorilla - he simply wasn't there.

        Mr Wagenheim, I can't advise you how to view the animation frame by frame but I can assure you that it is an optical illusion - no coding trickery that makes her spin one way and then the other, it's simply how you choose to be viewing the world at that precise moment.

        This isn't just a fun trick, it's a really useful brain exercise. Learn to use both sides of your brain and you have the opportunity to realise more potential, communicate more efficiently and, dare I say it, possibly make more money.

        Your choice.

        Peter
        Peter, I'm definitely seeing it turn both ways.

        Is this good or bad?
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Peter, I'm definitely seeing it turn both ways.

          Is this good or bad?
          Well, if you're achieving this without standing on your head, then we might be getting somewhere. It is good!
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            • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
              Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

              Hey Peter, welcome back - haven't seen you around in a while?
              Simply self-imposed Twitter exile and a bit bored of people, I've found with Twitter you can be a little more selective. Getting over myself now though.
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              I'm left-handed by the way...
              Ahh, that's nice! :confused:
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              • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
                AAGH! I'm going crazy!

                I keep seeing the opening credits of "Tales Of The Unexpected"




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                • Profile picture of the author tomw
                  Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

                  AAGH! I'm going crazy!

                  I keep seeing the opening credits of "Tales Of The Unexpected"

                  Frank
                  LOL! Classic! I knew it was something. I was thinking of Charlies Angels and then Jaqueline Smith...they just don't make 'em like that anymore...I'd give anything to have been in my twenties living in California in the seventies!



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                    Originally Posted by tomw View Post

                    LOL! Classic! I knew it was something. I was thinking of Charlies Angels and then Jaqueline Smith...they just don't make 'em like that anymore...I'd give anything to have been in my twenties living in California in the seventies!



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                    My husband graduated from High School in 1973 in Los Angeles and lived there until he moved here in 2003. So he WAS in his twenties living in California in the seventies.
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                    • Profile picture of the author tomw
                      Originally Posted by Angela V. Edwards View Post

                      My husband graduated from High School in 1973 in Los Angeles and lived there until he moved here in 2003. So he WAS in his twenties living in California in the seventies.
                      I don't know whether to thank you for that comment or cry into my Bruichladdich!



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                      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                        Hi,

                        RE - the gorilla. I followed the instructions for that video and was impressed/a little shocked when I watched it the second time.

                        I would guess that it's because your eyes are drawn down lower (the white team bounce it lower at the right point) and you are consciously ignoring the dark team's legs in order to focus on the white team.

                        Interesting stuff.
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                        • Profile picture of the author tomw
                          Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

                          Hi,

                          RE - the gorilla. I followed the instructions for that video and was impressed/a little shocked when I watched it the second time.

                          I would guess that it's because your eyes are drawn down lower (the white team bounce it lower at the right point) and you are consciously ignoring the dark team's legs in order to focus on the white team.

                          Interesting stuff.
                          Believe it or not, I saw the "gorilla" the first time I watched it, but nobody believes me when I tell them so.

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                            Originally Posted by tomw View Post

                            Believe it or not, I saw the "gorilla" the first time I watched it, but nobody believes me when I tell them so.

                            Thomas
                            Are you talking about the basketball video Thomas? If so than how can anyone miss the gorilla. I saw it the first time as well.

                            If something else then post the link. I always liked this type of stuff.
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                            • Profile picture of the author tomw
                              Originally Posted by Thomas Belknap View Post

                              Are you talking about the basketball video Thomas? If so than how can anyone miss the gorilla. I saw it the first time as well.

                              If something else then post the link. I always liked this type of stuff.
                              Yeah...that's the one. Great minds...or is it great names, eh Thomas?

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                                Originally Posted by tomw View Post

                                Yeah...that's the one. Great minds...or is it great names, eh Thomas?

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                                I will take all the help I can get. lol
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                                • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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                                  I asked my wife to do the gorilla test and she missed it the first time. lol

                                  You should have seen the look on her face when I asked if she saw the gorilla.
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                      • Profile picture of the author DBofBES
                        Clockwise . . . I put it on my desktop to watch and it moves slower yet still clockwise.

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                      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                        Okay, my wife just came home and we conducted a test.

                        Take what you want out of it.

                        I told her to look at the picture turning. I asked her what direction she saw
                        it turning in. I saw it left to right. She said the same thing.

                        I then said to her, okay, when you see the picture change direction to right
                        to left, yell "now". I'll do the same.

                        Each time the picture changed direction we both yelled now at the same
                        time.

                        The picture is changing the way it is bouncing, rotating or whatever you
                        want to call it. We did this for 5 minutes, each time successfully telling
                        when the picture changed direction.

                        Either are brains are connected or there is some actual random programming
                        to this photo.

                        Like I said, take what you want out of it.
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                        • Profile picture of the author Francis Ochoco
                          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                          Okay, my wife just came home and we conducted a test.

                          Take what you want out of it.

                          I told her to look at the picture turning. I asked her what direction she saw
                          it turning in. I saw it left to right. She said the same thing.

                          I then said to her, okay, when you see the picture change direction to right
                          to left, yell "now". I'll do the same.

                          Each time the picture changed direction we both yelled now at the same
                          time.

                          The picture is changing the way it is bouncing, rotating or whatever you
                          want to call it. We did this for 5 minutes, each time successfully telling
                          when the picture changed direction.

                          Either are brains are connected or there is some actual random programming
                          to this photo.

                          Like I said, take what you want out of it.


                          My wife and I did this test too. At first, we both saw the picture go clockwise.

                          Within seconds, she noticed it go anticlockwise. I, on the other hand, did not see any change in direction for at least over a minute.
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                      • Profile picture of the author carmene
                        Tomw,

                        You've ruined my perfectly good day because now I can only see it going clockwise and I'm totally bothered!!
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                        That is amazing. I glanced at the post and looked at the girl and she was going clockwise. Then I went back and actually read what you had to say about her and why she was posted and this time she was spinning counterclockwise.

                        Now I need to read the whole tread and see other's replies.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
                    Originally Posted by tomw View Post

                    I'd give anything to have been in my twenties living in California in the seventies!



                    Thomas
                    I had that exact same thought once in my life. So I moved from the East Coast to the beach outside of LA when I was 24. It was awsome back then.

                    By the time I left there 29 years later I was so glad to get out of there I left skid marks. Granted, I had changed considerably, but so had the scene.

                    I'm sorry you missed the opportunity. You would have kicked ass there back then.

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                    • Profile picture of the author tomw
                      Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

                      I had that exact same thought once in my life. So I moved from the East Coast to the beach outside of LA when I was 24. It was awsome back then.

                      By the time I left there 29 years later I was so glad to get out of there I left skid marks. Granted, I had changed considerably, but so had the scene.

                      I'm sorry you missed the opportunity. You would have kicked ass there back then.

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                      Thanks, Joe.

                      However, I refer you to my answer to Angela.



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              • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                Steven,
                I'm definitely seeing it turn both ways.

                Is this good or bad?
                Neither. Your response, though, does indicate something.

                You're wrong about the change of direction, by the way. It's happening in your head, not in the graphic.

                Making the switch is easy. Just close your eyes and change your state from right to left brain mode.

                Thanks, Tom. I love this stuff.


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                • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                  Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                  Steven,Neither. Your response, though, does indicate something.

                  You're wrong about the change of direction, by the way. It's happening in your head, not in the graphic.

                  Making the switch is easy. Just close your eyes and change your state from right to left brain mode.

                  Thanks, Tom. I love this stuff.


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                  Good heavens, the thing is going back and forth now from right to left
                  and then left to right.

                  This must absolutely mean I'm insane.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                    Steven,
                    This must absolutely mean I'm insane.
                    No, but it doesn't prove you're not.

                    You've probably either hit a balance (gone neutral) or you're unconsciously shifting your eyes in ways that create the illusion.


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                    • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
                      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                      Steven,No, but it doesn't prove you're not.

                      You've probably either hit a balance (gone neutral) or you're unconsciously shifting your eyes in ways that create the illusion.


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                      It doesn't matter how I shift my eyes or if I look at it out of the corner of my eye, I can't make that thing go counter-clockwise.
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                      • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
                        Originally Posted by Angela V. Edwards View Post

                        It doesn't matter how I shift my eyes or if I look at it out of the corner of my eye, I can't make that thing go counter-clockwise.
                        Angela, if you can be bothered, take a piece of paper and cover up the picture but show only the shadow. Slowly lift the paper up the screen. This may allow you eyes to be tricked to seeing it move in the opposite direction.

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                        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                          I'm curious about something.

                          The picture IS moving, right? That part isn't an illusion.

                          Which means it has to be going in some kind of direction, right?

                          Well there's only two directions that I know of, right and left.

                          So which one is it?

                          This kind of stuff drives me crazy.

                          Honestly, I really don't get how it can't be moving in some direction.

                          Is there some kind of scientific piece somewhere that explains this?
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                          • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
                            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post


                            The picture IS moving, right? That part isn't an illusion.

                            Which means it has to be going in some kind of direction, right?

                            Well there's only two directions that I know of, right and left.
                            Steven, you've just answered your own question. Right and left isn't the same as clockwise and counter clockwise.

                            Think about it.


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                          • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
                            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                            I'm curious about something.

                            The picture IS moving, right? That part isn't an illusion.

                            Which means it has to be going in some kind of direction, right?

                            Well there's only two directions that I know of, right and left.

                            So which one is it?

                            This kind of stuff drives me crazy.

                            Honestly, I really don't get how it can't be moving in some direction.

                            Is there some kind of scientific piece somewhere that explains this?
                            All animation is an illusion Steven. Tom and Jerry is just a series of stills played close enough to trick the eye in believing it's moving

                            The animated gif will occasionally stutter, it's not changing 'direction' it's merely faltering in its rendering. The reason both you and your wife saw it change direction at the same time was simply that your eyes were given the chance to perceive it changing because of the stutter.
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                            • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                              Hi,

                              For the gorilla video, I presume the best approach is to tell someone to watch it and count the white team passes. If anything, allow them to formulate the idea that the trick is something to do with catching them out regarding how many passes are made.

                              If there is no mention of gorillas, or no hint that they should be focussing elsewhere, then I guess it increases the likelihood of the illusion working.

                              Either are brains are connected or there is some actual random programming to this photo.[snip]The picture is changing the way it is bouncing, rotating or whatever you want to call it
                              You crack me up Steven.

                              Hi Thomas B,

                              I asked my wife to do the gorilla test and she missed it the first time. lol
                              I asked my gorilla to to do the test and he said, "Where are the people and the basketball?"
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                              • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
                                Very cool - for me she's always turning clockwise. Except when I focus on the shadow only, then she turns anticlockwise.
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                                • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                                  Steven,

                                  Dude, you're SOoooo determined to make this something sinister and sneaky. More drama? Or just a desperate focus on appearances being simple and dependable?

                                  I'll assume you've seen the picture that, from one perspective, looks like a beautiful young woman at a dressing table, and, from another, looks like an ugly old woman in a scarf. This is somewhat similar in effect, although not precisely.

                                  Perspective depends on a lot of things. Most perspective is subjective, and that causes some people a big problem. They want appearances, as they perceive them, to be constant and unchanging.

                                  Stuff like this will mess with a lot of folks, because they don't want to believe their eyes will play tricks on them, much less their minds, which are what does it for these types of demonstrations.

                                  Your brain constantly interprets things, filling in gaps, assigning meaning and "fact" based on recognition skills, momentary laterality (which side of the brain you're using as primary right now), lighting, and a ton of other factors.

                                  Understanding that, as it plays out in day to day life, is what creates "the wisdom of age." It's not about experience, it's about understanding the role of experience in how we interpret things, and knowing just how often those interpretations can be completely wrong.

                                  I spoke with a woman earlier today who "gets" this at 30, and has for a long time. I've spoken with plenty of people in their 70's and 80's who still don't get it. (We in the trade call those people "old fools.")

                                  Instead of looking for a conspiracy, take this as a lesson in the mutability of perception. That's not only more accurate, it's more productive.

                                  Understanding just how much of our daily experience is a matter of how we choose to look at things is a liberating lesson.


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                                  • Profile picture of the author tomw
                                    Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post


                                    Perspective depends on a lot of things. Most perspective is subjective, and that causes some people a big problem. They want appearances, as they perceive them, to be constant and unchanging.

                                    Understanding that, as it plays out in day to day life, is what creates "the wisdom of age." It's not about experience, it's about understanding the role of experience in how we interpret things, and knowing just how often those interpretations can be completely wrong.

                                    Instead of looking for a conspiracy, take this as a lesson in the mutability of perception. That's not only more accurate, it's more productive.

                                    Understanding just how much of our daily experience is a matter of how we choose to look at things is a liberating lesson.

                                    Paul
                                    Paul you have brilliantly summed up the whole point of this thread.

                                    I would also really love to hear Paul Hancox take on this too...



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                                    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                                      Hi TomW,

                                      PG tips of course.

                                      Hi Paul (also Seye post #69),

                                      My personal perspective is that peoples' reactions and conclusions are the most interesting test results from this. And the reason I feel that these things are valuable is that I think it's beneficial for anyone (particularly those in business) to consider increasing their ability, and inclination to -

                                      a) ask questions of themselves about the things that they see around them that make them go 'hmmm'

                                      b) quickly arrive at logical decisions about how something 'works' and lessen the time it takes to reach a final conclusion

                                      c) apply the lessons that they learn from these processes to other areas of life to see if new lessons are learnt

                                      Put another way, it's wise to develop a habit of 'looking behind the curtain' and double-checking oneself for faulty assumptions.

                                      For example - consider how much time each of us might spend reading/learning/absorbing information, and bear in mind that a small increase in one's ability to recognise and discount a large proportion of what is put 'in front' of us, is going to allow us to get to the meat a lot quicker - hence the gains from the time and effort spent on these things, is going to increase exponentially.

                                      {added clarification - this was in response to Paul's post, as a follow on, but it's worth mentioning that it was from reading his views in the first place that I became more interested in the above approach. I hope that that's clearer.}
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                                    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                                      Thomas,
                                      Paul you have brilliantly summed up the whole point of this thread.
                                      Tankeweverrymutch! For my next trick, watch me pull a rabbit out of... HEY! What's a rabbit doing in my hat?
                                      I would also really love to hear Paul Hancox take on this too...
                                      That would indeed be interesting.


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                                        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                                        What's a rabbit doing in my hat?

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                                        I think it escaped from Roger's tea party...it probably prefers a sly sip of fine malt to Darjeeling...



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                                        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                                          Thomas,
                                          I think it escaped from Roger's tea party...it probably prefers a sly sip of fine malt to Darjeeling...
                                          Glenlivet to Glengettie? Laphroaig to Lipton? Edradour to Earl Grey? Blue to Bigelow? Or, stepping down a notch... Original Grouse to orange pekoe? Chivas to chai?

                                          Good rabbit. We'll have the grouse for lunch instead.


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                                          • Profile picture of the author tomw
                                            Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                                            Thomas,Glenlivet to Glengettie? Laphroaig to Lipton? Edradour to Earl Grey? Blue to Bigelow? Or, stepping down a notch... Original Grouse to orange pekoe? Chivas to chai?

                                            Good rabbit. We'll have the grouse for lunch instead.


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                                            Or Bruichladdich to Big Red Robe Oolong, which is exactly what I have just done...probably anathema, but it helps me sleep better.

                                            It's getting late here!



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                                    Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                                    Understanding just how much of our daily experience is a matter of how we choose to look at things is a liberating lesson.
                                    Ooh. I'm saving that one



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                                Hi Thomas B,



                                I asked my gorilla to to do the test and he said, "Where are the people and the basketball?"

                                Rog, what kind of house are you living in?

                                I may send my wife over. hehe
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                                • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                                  Hi Thomas B,
                                  Rog, what kind of house are you living in?

                                  I may send my wife over. hehe
                                  "Welcome to the monkey house Mrs. Belknap. Would you like a cup of tea? We're having a party...when I grow up I want to be a monkey God."
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                                  • Profile picture of the author tomw
                                    Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

                                    Hi Thomas B,


                                    "Welcome to the monkey house Mrs. Belknap. Would you like a cup of tea? We're having a party..."

                                    PG Tips I trust...or is it more of the Lewis Carroll variety?

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                          • Profile picture of the author Louis Raven
                            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                            I'm curious about something.

                            The picture IS moving, right? That part isn't an illusion.

                            Which means it has to be going in some kind of direction, right?

                            Well there's only two directions that I know of, right and left.

                            So which one is it?

                            This kind of stuff drives me crazy.

                            Honestly, I really don't get how it can't be moving in some direction.

                            Is there some kind of scientific piece somewhere that explains this?
                            Steven,

                            She is neither moving counter clockwise or clockwise.

                            Pixels are moving from left to right, up and down.

                            No spinning what so ever just going to one side to another

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                          • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
                            Steve,

                            Technically, the picture doesn't move at all. The black pixels just change places with the white ones.

                            It also might help to realize that you're not really 'looking' with your eyes. In fact, you're "looking" with the sum of what your right hemisphere and left hemisphere come up with.

                            In other words, it's your mind that actually "sees" things. In this case, the pixels change, while your left brain tries to direct what it sees , and gives this information to the right brain and back to your visual cortex (where all this information came from)

                            If the left brain wasn't involved in directing this process, the image would not look like it's turning at all.

                            Confused yet?

                            TomW,

                            like in Madonna Vogue? Na. I can't. My left brain won't allow it!

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                  • Profile picture of the author tomw
                    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                    Good heavens, the thing is going back and forth now from right to left
                    and then left to right.

                    This must absolutely mean I'm insane.
                    Well, I tried to warn ya...



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            • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
              I could only see it going clockwise no matter how hard I tried to make it change direction.

              In the end I had to cheat. I pasted it into a Word Doc and used the "Rotate View" tool to turn it 180 degrees.

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    • Profile picture of the author rperales
      Personally...

      ..that is very entertaining..I used to work on myself as part of
      my personal development on a ceiling fan in my house and made
      myself see the fan stand almost still while turing..

      However,

      The left brain is about language..meaning like, writing whatever..

      The right brain is about graphics stuff..Using my right brain is when
      I designed my systems..even thoug my systems are very simple, they
      have never been able to be copied..

      The switch from left to right or the other way occurs about every hour
      and a half pretty close..

      To determine which side we are using is very simple, by noticing when
      we breath which nostril breath in more easily..

      When ever we have writers block, it's probably we are in the right side..
      That does not mean that we can't continue to write it's just more freely
      when in left brian..

      If you care to switch just block the nostril that is breathing more freely
      until it switches..I'm not sure if it works for everybody though..

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  • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
    My mother CLAIMS that since she is left handed, she is the only one in her right mind. I will have to let her know that I saw your animation spinning clockwise and that's the ONLY way it shows for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewbieImer
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    When i stare directly at it, it spins clock wise

    When i was reading what you said out of the corner of my eye it was spinning counter clock wise
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  • Profile picture of the author Debbie Allen
    I love this kind of stuff --- I saw her spinning clockwise for quite awhile before there was a switch.

    So is there a way to use this as a tool in order to help us with our marketing tactics and work?
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
    Absolutely amazing. What a great reminder that we really do create our own reality.

    I had two of my sons come in. Between the 3 of us, we got 3 completely different "results".

    The fun part was explaining to them that none of was "right" or "wrong". We simply filled in the blanks and came to our own conclusion.

    We all do that in many areas of our lives, don't we?

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author anomaly
    crazy!!

    at first she was anti-clockwise ...

    then i scrolled back up to your words and could only see half of her and she started going clockwise ....

    and now everytime i look she is going clockwise ...

    insane!!
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  • Profile picture of the author seye
    which type of brain test is this
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by seye View Post

      which type of brain test is this
      The one between most people's ears
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      How cool is that

      One question.. what does it mean when it flips vertical?

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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    The brain work weird and is very mysterious....

    Thanks so much for that!

    Omar!
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  • Profile picture of the author carmene
    Wow, I'm excited. I can see it going left!!

    I squeezed my eyes nearly shut and peeked out a little and then it turned the other way. When opened them, it continued to turn left until I squinted real hard and it turned right again. But I can do see it both ways at will now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    Tom,
    I love this pic. I saw it in the mind warriors forum before and right from the start I could see her going in both directions. It is all about perceptions. Some will see it one way and one way alone, others will see it the opposite way and still others control their own perception and the ways in which they veiw the world and this image.

    Great to see all the different minds in here and the way others view and perceive things.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Roger,

      That's one effective lesson to take from it. The time savings alone can be huge, not to mention the expense avoided from bad decisions.

      For me, the most useful parts of figuring out that perspective is malleable were learning to adjust my own and to see those of others. It's very hard not to like people when you realize how much we're all alike.


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      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      Tom,
      I love this pic. I saw it in the mind warriors forum before and right from the start I could see her going in both directions. It is all about perceptions. Some will see it one way and one way alone, others will see it the opposite way and still others control their own perception and the ways in which they view the world and this image.

      Great to see all the different minds in here and the way others view and perceive things.

      Sylvia
      Thanks Sylvia. Yes, reading others' views and reactions has been a real treat. It was part of the motivation for posting and ultimately formulated a considerable amount of the "message," by creating real examples!

      Great blog post today btw.



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        Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed it
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Interesting.

        In the article Eric pointed to, the author suggests that this effect has nothing to do with laterality. Okay, I can buy that. I tried a different approach, and found that you can get the change by shifting focus a bit at the right time.

        What's fun, and somewhat interesting, is that doing a lateral shift created the same change for me. Clearly it's not indicative of lateral dominance, but is it affected by it?

        Interesting stuff indeed.


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        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
          Roger,

          That the benefit of the second would be different for you is a matter of perspective.

          Seriously, I believe we're talking about "alikeness" from different angles. I mean something very much at the root of what we all want and need. The surface stuff is, lergely, a matter of how we choose to go about getting it.

          And yeah, it's great for learning to set boundaries and expectations. When we see how people go after what they want, we can more easily see where their approaches will conflict with our own.


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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    Bizarre....

    At first I could only see it spinning clockwise. Finally with much effort, if I looked down at the shadow, I could change my perception and see it spinning the other way for only a few seconds, before it randomly started to spin clockwise again.

    Continuing to practice, I'm now at the point where I can control which way I see it spinning by looking at the shadow of the shoe, and I'm gaining a bit of control over which way it spins by looking at the whole thing.

    If I continue to practice, I think I could develop complete control over which way I see it spinning.

    Fascinating....I'm right brained by nature, but apparently easily trainable. Hmmmm.....that's information I should probably keep away from my wife.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
    Did you guys see the 'find the man in the coffee beans' picture as well?

    http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php?p=27
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Paul,

      (I added a note to my previous post)

      For me, the most useful parts of figuring out that perspective is malleable were learning to adjust my own and to see those of others. It's very hard not to like people when you realize how much we're all alike.
      Likewise, for the first sentence. But I must admit the major benefit you mentioned in the second would be different for me. I can see the benefits of that benefit though.

      I find that currently it is helping me to have more accurate expectations, and therefore be more comfortable with outcomes - whether they are my own, or of others. And in a way, perhaps rather than helping me to see how alike people are, that was something that I over-estimated previously. Perhaps, I didn't realise how differently I saw things to other people, or why.

      Also, by realising how much perceptions are malleable, we can take more personal control of them and be more picky about who we allow to alter them. Time for bed. I'm overstraining my pea-sized head-jelly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    WOW!..this is unbelievably cool.

    I saw it running counterclockwise at first then when I scrolled down and refocused on it again it went clockwise. Which shocked me. I started to think like Steve Wags and thought it was a timed animated GIF.

    Great fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    OK I figured it out now. As another poster suggested just focus on the shadow of the two feet at the bottom. Just look away and look back and it will change direction. I can now do it at will. Over and over again.

    Very interesting.
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    Clockwise, that's really cool!
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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    We only get so many thanks per day, so I just want to write to thank everyone that took part in this thread. It's been a *real* education and I genuinely have read some really valuable stuff.



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    This works pretty well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lesley Huntley
    I had been looking at it for a few minutes seeing it turn nothing but clockwise. My partner walked in and I asked him which way it was spinning for him. He said clockwise. We watched for a few seconds and he said "Woah it just changed! Is it anti-clockwise for you now?" "No," I replied. For him it seemed to flip back and forth seemingly randomly. It was only the fact I was looking at the same picture that he could believe it wasn't doing it by itself.

    Yet no matter what I do, I can't get her to spin any other way but clockwise.

    I'm very much the girl of a million ideas and strategies (too many, part of my problem), and like a previous poster, not so good at implementing. He quite often takes on my discarded projects and makes them work quite well.

    Quite fascinating, now, back to trying to make her spin the other way. I must see this to believe it! He better not have been tricking me!!
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    Awesome thread. 100% clockwise but I think I know how to get some balance!

    So which IM tasks are best suited left side and right side?
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  • Profile picture of the author ExRat
    Hi,

    Just wondering, but did many people replying here follow this link -

    NeuroLogica Blog Left Brain - Right brain and the Spinning Girl

    ...and read this -

    This news article, like many others, ignores the true source of this optical illusion and instead claims it is a quick test to see if you use more of your right brain or left brain. This is utter nonsense, but the "right-brain/left brain" thing is in the public consciousness and won't be going away anytime soon. Sure, we have two hemispheres that operate fine independently and have different abilities, but they are massively interconnected and work together as a seamless whole (providing you have never had surgery to cut your corpus callosum).

    We also do have hemispheric dominance, but that determines mostly your handedness and the probability of language being on the right or the left. There is also often asymmetry for memory, with some being right or left hemisphere dominant. But none of this means that your personality or abilities are more right brain or left brain. That much is nonsense.

    Further, how your visual cortex constructs this optical illusion says nothing about your hemispheric dominance, and is absolutely not a quick personality profile.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    Hi Roger,



    Yes...I knew that the use of the image as a left/right brain test (and many news stories surrounding it) was wholly redundant. I used the widespread tabloid pop psychology angle to draw people in. Like I said in my reply to you, I was really interested in people's responses (and again as previously stated) in order to compound the message about perspectives. Also out of sheer curiosity concerning how people perceive themselves!

    When Paul M posted the "truth" I replied,

    We make our own reality and react accordingly, based upon how we perceive the world around us!
    This was the real message I was trying to get across and Paul Myers encapsulated and expanded it much more eloquently than I ever could when he wrote;

    Most perspective is subjective, and that causes some people a big problem. It's about understanding the role of experience in how we interpret things, and knowing just how often those interpretations can be completely wrong. Take this as a lesson in the mutability of perception. Understanding just how much of our daily experience is a matter of how we choose to look at things is a liberating lesson.

    For me, the most useful parts of figuring out that perspective is malleable were learning to adjust my own and to see those of others.
    Your input was (as always) invaluable too.

    In light of a recent kerfuffle I was involved in concerning mindset and self help products, I thought this would be a far better way (or should that be simply a Thomas way?) of showing people that their own subjective perspective really does create their reality.

    I thought it a more valuable and much more self-educational exercise to give people their own "aha!" or eureka!" moment rather than telling them that they can have anything that they want if they just ask the universe for it, for example!



    Like I wrote in that discussion, nobody can motivate anyone else. We all have to do it for ourselves. I hope this practical example, rather than generalised rhetoric, has been of value in achieving this end.

    Thanks to Sean (IM Reporter) for the inspiration.

    [Disclaimer: No neurons where harmed during this experiment, although I hope that many millions of them have had to work a little harder...and hereafter will continue to do so.]



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  • Profile picture of the author mello
    Research in neuroscience and neuropyschology is changing what we thought of the brain. If you sufer brain damage young enough your brain can retrain itself to run function in different areas and compensate. Bit of a bummer if you get brain damage later in life though.

    While the spinning girl may not be scientifically valid, Tom's intent and purpose was validated. Still, things like this always get us in - maybe the fact she changes direction so much (my perception) reflects how scattered my brain is!!
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  • Profile picture of the author creative producer
    I could only see her going counterclockwise, so I guess I'm not as brain flexible as I thought I was. That was bit of a let down. This did remind me to put back the 2nd cupcake, though, so thanks for that! -CP
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    Cool. I only see the girl moving clockwise.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi dynamicmentalfitness,

      Good take and analysis, Steve.

      I saw the same thing you saw right out the box because as a rational human being I know that my subjective visual insistencies do not determine the actual nature of an object.

      Certainly, I understand the spirit and fuzzy intent, but Rationality and Reason is superior to merely buying into assumption for sentimentality's sake.

      The graphic has absolutely NOTHING to do with - nor is one's interpretation of the graphic a predictor of - one's decision-making habits or tendencies.

      I know it buggers some otherwise cuddly folk, but humanity isn't led out of the cave into the bright and shiny world - past the frightening, inhibiting shadows of superstition and delusion - by mentalities that accept every facade presented them as gospel.

      No, humanity is ushered into the brightness (and out of the dark ages) by minds that question and test and demand verification - minds that prod and poke and irritate the comfort of precedent - minds like your own.

      Give 'em hell, my friend.
      Interesting, but I disagree. It seems you have missed something.

      humanity isn't led out of the cave into the bright and shiny world - past the frightening, inhibiting shadows of superstition and delusion - by mentalities that accept every facade presented them as gospel.
      If Steven had maintained an open mind, once he found himself unwilling to accept the illusion, fine. But he actually jumped to an incorrect conclusion which was -

      It's not an optical illusion and it isn't either a matter of perception. The figure actually does change rotations.
      Therefore he was completely incorrect. And many of us (who bothered to read the thread, and therefore the accompanying text which explained that it was nonsense to draw conclusions about being left sided or right sided) proved quite adequately that we do not accept 'every facade presented as gospel.'
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    • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
      Originally Posted by Christie Love View Post

      Cool. I only see the girl moving clockwise.
      That just means you're weird.

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    There's a magic land that exists in parallel with our world. People there dwell for a cause and their lives are so fulfilling. I am thinking that having a good time rocks the craddle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cynergy Diva
    Well, I couldn't get her to change direction, but she did jump. . .what does that mean?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
    I can't picture it to spin left. Any help?

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      Originally Posted by Vincelog View Post

      I can't picture it to spin left. Any help?

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      You have to concentrate on which direction you want it to go when the image has it's side to you and focus on the outstretched leg rotating in the opposite direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author rbest
    This is awesome. I can't seem to comprehend her turning though. Good graphic. Ooops, now I see it. Want to dance or play mind games? Now I see it the other way and it makes me wonder if I have a half a brain.

    Thanks it is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author WasabiHound
    Right side...no wait left side...no wait right side....aww crap.

    What do you do when the girl is not spinning at all?

    Seriously though - great post TomW. Challenging to try to work out which part our head we might be using at any one time and that in fact one could dominate and drive us one way or how much potential we could unlock by using both.

    I thought being left handed my right side would dominate but actually it flips round quite quickly. (Which probably means I can't make up my mind at all).
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