6149Re: [agile-usability] Is your right brain active?
- May 10, 2009On 8 May 2009, at 17:06, Jon Kern wrote:
> Thanks Larry/(Adrian),More than a minute, under five. Probably not a fair time coz I knew it
> You are entitled to your bean raining/usual rants -- as long as you
> the test <g>.
would either be an actual image - or a pattern in the beans - so I was
looking for it in a particular way :-)
> Because, whether it is based on "brain facts" or not, it is still[snip]
> fun to
> hear my IT friends get tripped up on the test, yet their spouses or
> see it immediately. And whether it is based on LEFT/RIGHT or merely
> ability for your brain to process the image faster or slower, I find
> interesting anecdotal evidence.
Also possibly dangerous anecdotal data :-) Maybe it's not a creative
distinction. Maybe there's no distinction at all (your sample size is
small). Maybe it's a distinction of folk who were looking for a
"trick" in the image - rather than a literal picture. Maybe it's the
environment the question is framed in. Maybe it's rested vs tired
rather than technical vs creative Maybe...
The real problem I've found with the left/right thing is that it
becomes a label. You can't do X coz you're a left brain type. You
can't do Y coz you're a right brain type. Etc. This is, in my
experience, a deeply harmful outlook for people. Especially when the
labels are mythical :-)
Even if you take the original research by Fink and Marshall at face
value they were not saying anything about personality types - but
instead were talking about where different kinds of mental processes
happened. The idea of left/right brain dominance is just pop-
psychology - and is about as useful as astrology.
.... erm... ranting aren't I.... sorry!
If you want a really dramatic example of how silly the left/right
brain thing is - have a google around hemispherectomy - scary... but
fascinating stuff :-)
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