6151Re: [agile-usability] Is your right brain active?
- May 11, 2009
> The real problem I've found with the left/right thing is that itbecomes a label.
That would be a problem, as labels usually are... the original goofy
thing i saw on this at least mentioned that you can work to improve
either "side" of the brain... Which I think is a truism.
As far as your other "it could be this, it could be that's" -- agreed.
Who knows what really goes on in such exercises of the mind.
Maybe the "test" should be given in varying order with and without a
sudoku puzzle <g>.
Adrian Howard said the following on 5/10/09 9:22 AM:
> On 8 May 2009, at 17:06, Jon Kern wrote:
> > Thanks Larry/(Adrian),
> > You are entitled to your bean raining/usual rants -- as long as you
> > took
> > the test <g>.
> More than a minute, under five. Probably not a fair time coz I knew it
> 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
> > fun to
> > hear my IT friends get tripped up on the test, yet their spouses or
> > kids
> > see it immediately. And whether it is based on LEFT/RIGHT or merely
> > the
> > ability for your brain to process the image faster or slower, I find
> > it
> > 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 :-)
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>