Are You Left Or Right Brained? Illusion

Here is an interesting illusion that is pretty popular on the net. The animated image is a girl spinning, if at first look you see it spinning clockwise you are considered to be a right brained thinker. If you see it spinning counter-clockwise you would be a left brained individual. Each of the two have their own characteristics displayed below. However if you focus enough you will be able to see the girl spinning both ways. I saw it first spinning clockwise and I jumped from my chair when I stared at her enough and saw her all of a sudden spin the other way. Its as if the animation has a mind on its own. To help you see it spin the other way just look at her foot and it’s shadow. Try first to imagine the shadow spin the way you want it and hopefully you will see it spin both ways. UPDATE: New Post on Left or Right Brained.

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

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking



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  • fanton

    i manged to make her not spin but move from left to right. if you focus only on the leg that touches the ground she seems to move left and right

  • omureadhaigh

    Interesting side note, at first I saw her spinning clockwise and she continued to do so as I read the left brain synopsis, but when I moved onto reading the right brain synopsis, she suddenly changed her spin. Maybe I began to use my right brain while reading what it involves?

  • C K

    Wife and I were arguing about which side is the woman turning… apparently we are of ‘different brained’…

  • Hahaha, I don’t want this post to be a cause for divorce, please make peace 🙂 😛

  • I just can’t get it to spin the other way even after 5 minutes

  • After 5 min? It might take longer, try to focus out of her spinning or focus just on the shadow of the leg and try to picture the shadow spinning the other way.

  • Me

    Now that’s an illusion!
    I saw it go both ways, I must be have multi-sided brain usage 😛

  • cronomaxim

    this isn’t any optical illusion…its jus a trick
    the pic actually spinned both ways…
    try this: open the pic using 2 viewers..
    the trick goes .. the gal actually changes its direction of spin every now and then…
    can prove it by editin the gif pic…(i haven’t tried it though) but i’m sure i’m right.. 🙂
    correct me if any1 finds me wrong…

  • cronomaxim

    dang.. sorry ppl …my mistake.. this pic its really an illusion…not a trick as wat i’ve claimed..

  • Mini

    1 min…5 min…10 min… etc. cant get it so spin both ways :S, oh well, guess i have more of a right sided brain 😀


    Lol!!! It took me a while to figure it out, Id say like 30 minutes, Im the kind of person that likes to SOLVE these kinds of tricks, Anyways it turns out to be that the TRICK is performed by your the way you think! Start by looking at the girl, it should be spinning CW or CCW, Now all you have to do is pay close attention to things on your right or left side, For example Lift you left Arm, the instant you think about picking up your left side the girl should turn CW. Then put down your left arm and think about lifting your right arm, and then lift it… that should make the girl spin CCW ITS SHOULD WORK If you FOCUZ!!!!

  • Shakalaka

    It can’t be a trick anyway, because I’ve only EVER seen it anti-clockwise. I just can’t make it change.

  • benjamin

    omg… first when i open the page and read the instructions then scroll down i see her turning to the left… then i keep going down and read the comments and now is to the right??? what is this????

  • Common, it only spins clockwise. No matter what it only spins clockwise! I don’t care what part I stare at, or think about. She clearly only moves clockwise. That’s not good is it?

  • pozi

    This figure is only a shadow cut out that wobble left and right. The 3D body contour effect is an illusion from our mind which I call it “the common sense”, which giving the spinning illusion (which going in any direction based by brain part most active). You can control this spinning direction with your mind, well, if your mind is strong, brain not so biased because using only one part so long and if you have lot’s of midichlorian… “Focus, feel the force Luke…”

  • jay

    hey i can see it turn both ways..infact i can see her turn half way clockwise and then turn half way anti-clockwise…feels weird though…

  • ts

    yeah, i can see both side.

  • Jasper

    I think its fake ^^

  • randy73

    you can control her rotation if u focus on her foot as soon as it touches the shadow. It took me a while to control my eyes (or brain?)

  • Alex

    is she moving??

  • Anonymous

    i can see a tit

  • Skulker

    This is beyond retarded. View it in two browsers and marvel at your brain being both at the same time.
    Someone had a good old chuckle at some peoples expense. If this fooled you then shame on you. you should try thinking some time

  • Slashbat

    It usually spins clockwise, but then I tried adding 90 to 2000 and thought about 2090, IT STARTED SPINNING ANTICLOCKWISE.
    Then when I thought the word “Art” it went clockwise again :S

  • anon

    saw it counterclockwise, could’t get it to go the other way than stated doing prime numbers in my head and it changed. weird!

  • Hehe cool!

    I saw the girl in the video spinn one direction, and at the same time i saw the girl in the picture below spinn the opposite way. My brain must work on overdrive 😉

    MY BRAIN also telling me she is single,white,blonde,34d,like to go work out and blue eyes.5 foot 6, come you can see look again.

  • Ari Shinsky

    im ambidextrous

  • After a couple of minutes spinning to the right, it switched to left spinning. I did notice the visual perspective is not at right angles with the axis of spin, so when spinning to the right, I seemed to be looking slightly downward, and to the left, I seemed to be looking slightly upward.

    • The closest thing to black magic on the internet 🙂

  • You can actually work at making it switch back and forth. I wonder if that’s healthy for your brain? 🙂

  • Looks like a “Dave”

    You know if you stare at it long enough you can get dizz- ……. urp!… hold on…. can’t type…… gotta puke.

  • jay

    fake, the image transitions after x amount of time, making you think you saw it spinning one direction. then looking at it a second time it will spin the other way. its just a manipulative video loop to make you think what it wants you to think.