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RE: [teacherartexchange] Left/Right Brain Animation :-)


From: Cheryl Lloyd (clloyd_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 24 2008 - 13:29:43 PDT

Ok, so this debate has been going on at my site. It is hilarious. This
is one of the emails from our tech teacher. I thought you all might
enjoy it.

From an email our tech teacher wrote:
In the hope that I can help put this one to bed......
The image is not objectively "spinning" in one direction or the other.
It is a two-dimensional image that is simply shifting back and forth.
But our brains did not evolve to interpret two-dimensional
representations of the world but the actual three-dimensional world. So
our visual processing assumes we are looking at a 3-D image and it uses
clues to interpret it as such. Or, without adequate clues it may just
arbitrarily decide a best fit - spinning clockwise or counterclockwise.
And once this fit is chosen, the illusion is complete - we see a 3-D
spinning image. Our brains actually construct more of our world for us
than we actually give credit for and new research with modern technology
is blowing away all the old myths of brain function.

By looking around the image, focusing on the shadow (I found the feet to
be a good place) or some other part, you may force your visual system to
reconstruct the image and it may choose the opposite direction, and
suddenly the image will spin in the opposite direction.

The original 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.
So for anyone who admits to being a left brain or right brain
person..well are admiiting you only use half your

Further, how your visual cortex constructs this optical illusion says
nothing about your hemispheric dominance, and is absolutely not a quick
personality profile.

Hope that helps..and for the fans of optical illusions try this...

And finally as a true definition of hoax see here.

"Doctors have (allegedly) concluded that if you find the man in the
coffee beans in 3 seconds, your right half of your brain is better
developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1
minute, your right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find
the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your
brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein. If you
have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more
of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger!!!"

What are they smoking?????

You know your brain has developed normally when you don't believe all
you read and hear!

Oh take a look at the picture I have attached to this email. Look at the
word teach and see what the word is that is in the
reflection...interesting huh!

And that is my last word! - I promise.

I love how this sparked so much conversation.
Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307
-----Original Message-----
From: Cheryl Lloyd []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:14 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] Left/Right Brain Animation :-)

I sent the link to my staff and it has been a big debate. Many think it
is rigged...the left-brainers. One teacher even started questioning the
paper that it was in. :) Most of the people who see it going
clockwise, also can "make" her turn the other direction when they
concentrate on her long enough.

I see it mostly clockwise, and every once in awhile I can see her going
the other direction. My husband, a wildlife biologist, saw it going
counter clockwise, while I saw it going clockwise. So there you go.
Funny how our brains work!

Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307
-----Original Message-----
From: Rebecca Burch []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 3:15 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Left/Right Brain Animation :-)

It's funny you should mention that, because my husband teaches science
and can only see her going counter-clockwise.
I can mostly see her going clockwise, but I stare long enough, she
goes counter for a second or two.


On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:45 PM, M. Austin <>
> I don't think that's it. The ONLY way I can make her go
counter-clockwise is
> to focus on only the feet. And even then I can go only one or two
turns! I
> sent it to several colleagues - I'm anxious to see if the math teacher
> see her turn clockwise.
> ~Michal
> > The animator made her change directions every so often, I think. Or
> that a duh? I don't feel that my brain is changing her direction, I
> she actually does change direction. What do others of you perceive?
> >
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