Right Brain vs Left Brain Survey / Poll – Mind optical illusion

Right Brain vs Left Brain test

I found this “optical illusion” and I’m still astonish!

I test it with some friends and, seeing the spinning lady at the same time, one of us saw her turning clockwise, another anti-clockwise and another saws changing the spinning direction. I saw the spinning lady turning clockwise and after a couple of minutes trying to see her spinning in the other direction, I do it.

Now I can see the spinning lady turning in both directions but I always saw turning clockwise first.

It’s amazing how the mind works… for us everything is what we think it is… isn’t just is… it is what we think it is… or not…

Do you see the dancer lady turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

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If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

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


Now with this poll / survey I’m trying to see what is more common, saw this “optical illusion” spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Let’s wait and see the results…

    • elliettemonkey
    • November 24th, 2007

    this is pretty weird because it sais that I use my left but the right personallity describes my soooooo much better

    • Alex
    • November 26th, 2007

    There is no scientific validation that this illusion determines whether you use your left or right brain. It is just an interesting optical illusion.

  1. Alex, you are right

      • deepakrico
      • July 29th, 2011

      there many character from one brain suites me and something from other.

    • Pat
    • December 16th, 2007

    Can see her counter clockwise at first & can make her pivot right and left to change directions it’s all in the feet & way fun.

    • Azu
    • December 27th, 2007

    Where’s the option for “neither”? She’s just turning back and forth..

    • Amazed
    • December 31st, 2007

    I do believe this illusion is very beneficial when acquiring whether one is right-brained or left brained…after the viewing of this illusion, I must admit I could “get it”…therefore, I am right-brained!

    • Lucky
    • January 1st, 2008

    The first time I watched her I saw her spinning clockwise,then I went back to study it a bit more,and Azu is correct.She spins back and forth. When she is facing the front is when she switches her direction.
    I could see something happening while watching her and it occurs when she is right in front . It is very subtle,but it can be seen. Well,I saw it anyways.

    • Jackie Wloski
    • January 1st, 2008

    Reading is an activity that makes it go CCW (you use the left side to read. If it is going CW and I’m reading, I can see it change direction out of the corner of my eye.)
    If I think of numbers (tax forms) it will go CCW.
    If I think about my paintings, it goes CW.

    • Bob G
    • January 4th, 2008

    This must be some kind of joke. The figure will spin one way for a while and then switch directions. Watch her breasts. When spinning clockwise first the right breast comes into view and then the left one. When the spin reverses so does the order. It is a clear and unmistakable pattern change.

    • Michelle
    • January 19th, 2008

    OK.. Here it is.. Anybody that cannot see it…

    Look at it first, discover if you are Right Brain or Left Brain…
    With one hand cover from her waist up and only look at her legs.

    COVER ONE of your eyes
    IF you cover your RIGHT eye (which prevents your left brain from working in this exercise) you will see her turn clockwise.

    Cover your left eye and do the same thing.
    It may take up to 30 seconds for your eyes to re-adjust

      • DG
      • October 2nd, 2010

      It does not prevent her from spinning in either direction by putting a hand over your right or left eye. Either eye can see both her spinning right or left without being shielded. It is controlled totally by what your brain perceives.

    • steve
    • January 25th, 2008

    Ur a an idiot. There is no left or right breast. It is a shadow, so it can be seen either way. But some people can’t see it one way or another.
    Stop thinking how you can see, or telling people what you see, because it may come as a surprise, but not everyone can see what you see.

    hahahaha omg. I watched the shadow for a while and it just went the other way. Holey shit. I’m the idiot. but I am definitely right brained cuz that took a long time.

    • jeff
    • January 30th, 2008

    this is total b.s. i have had tests done that put each side of my brain to sleep and i am missing half of my right brain, abut it still still says i’m right brained? right! when i had all the tests done, i didn’t even know that they put the right side to sleep, the left side i lasted about 15 seconds and i was out. i don’t remember a thing after that.

    • Chandler
    • February 2nd, 2008

    anyway the spinning lady is crazy

    • Cali
    • February 4th, 2008

    I agree with Alex… I read somewhere that this is actually just an optical illusion and has nothing to do with right brain/left brain.

    Even so, I can’t help but notice that the poll results are *drastically* weighted to clockwise, which is completely opposite to the prediction that “Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise.” In fact, before I read that this is really just an illusion, I was starting to suspect that they’d got the directions wrong in the original article. It seemed like all the comments were along the lines of:

    “I see it spinning clockwise, but tests say I’m 70% left brained!”
    “I see it anticlockwise, but I’m a really right-brained artist!”

    Still an interesting thing, though. I have yet to make the darn thing go clockwise, no matter how obsessively I stare at her.

    • Gary
    • February 13th, 2008

    I can make her turn left and right by closing each eye back and forth. I blink and she changes direction. I have her dancing a jigg. It;s amazing!

    • Mel
    • February 22nd, 2008

    At first I thought I see it immediately because her shadow moves anti clockwise and she moves clockwise. Wow, I thought, I’m almost a genius! Until people actually told me that they see her moving anti clockwise. I looked up this site to find out more about the lady and decided to stare long enough while I’m counting, when I got to about 20 seconds, she switched direction and moved anti clockwise!!! But I agree totally with the above, although I see her mostly moving clockwise, I’m definitely more the description of the left brain above.

    • tomo
    • February 26th, 2008

    it’s very easy to switch directions, all you have to do is decide which way you want her to go. try doing that whan her leg is close to the left or right edge and after a while you will see that you can make her go from side to side.

    • alison
    • March 3rd, 2008

    I can’t get her to switch directions no matter how long I stare, whether or not I close one eye, look at the shadow, cover the top half, “decide” to make her spin the other way…

    She spins clockwise for me and that’s it. Oh, and by the way, I’m a programmer/analyst, mathematically gifted and a true left-brainer. Therefore my logical mind concludes that while it’s a neat optical illusion, it’s not a test of left or right brain dominance!

    • Lindsay
    • April 12th, 2008

    It also depends on what you were doing before hand and what side of your brain you were using most extensively. Watch it with another person. When you both see her going another direction then decided whether or not she’s really faking it and just switching directions.

    • Tracey
    • April 18th, 2008

    I can see her both directions and even bouncing back and forth without turning completely around. COOL.

  2. After awhile she can stand in place, although still moving.

    Anybody else see that?

    • keren bithell
    • May 20th, 2008

    Don’t quite understand it, but I can only see clockwise, no matter how hard I look I can see no other.

    • Gail P
    • May 23rd, 2008

    She’s going clockwise most of the time. When I started doing arithmetic while watching her, she started going counterclockwise!!

    • Jack
    • May 28th, 2008

    I find that at first it turns CW for me and then if I stare at her feet, it suddenly turns CCW. I believe that the effect of turning CCW is the illusion because my frame by frame analysis shows that the figure is rotating right to left therefore CW. I’m using a MAC which has the ‘Preview’ application. Control click on the spinning lady and select ‘Download Image’. Then open up the file with ‘Preview’. It will show 34 image frames. Since I’m being so analytical and I was a physics teacher, I must be Left-brained or better yet Right-Left Brained because I can see both directions. It is very difficult however to explain the illusive CCW rotation….thinking numbers does seem to bring on the CCW motion…Hmmm.

    • Jack
    • May 28th, 2008

    On further thinking about my previous answer, I believe that the lady is not really spinning through 360˚. The 34 frames that I viewed show only a one-half rotation. Therefore, the designers of this illusion, have created a half revolution and then played it back in reverse thus simulating a complete rotation. In actual fact the lady is spinning CW for half a revolution and then CCW for the remaining half. So in fact she is actually rotating in both directions. The puzzle remains however as to why some of us see the CW rotation first and not the CCW rotation and vice-versa. I think that it depends on the frame of mind you are in when you first come across it.

    Any takers on this theory and analysis?

    • Elias
    • May 31st, 2008

    I focus on the boobs on the left side, because the left side is lighter. She turns clockwise when I do that. This experiment can probably tell about sexual preferences too. 😛

    • Maynard5
    • July 21st, 2008

    I was mstified by this in the first instance, she was standing dead still. I looked right , left, closed one eye, then the other, stood on my head, pirouetted to get giddy. Bu no way, she doesn’t move!

    Then, an inspired thought, it must be Java! I lot of groahics needing motion use Java. Mine is n9ormally off. So I turned on Java, reloaded the page and waited. Java is sometimes slow to start.

    But no, nothing. Maybe I need professional help, maybe a psychiatrist, electro shock.. “Neither my left brain nor my right brain are working, doc!”.

    Then a shadowy figure leaped into my mind, somthing old from the 60’s that was adapted for the web – animated GIF maybe? …hose falshing figures that can trigger a seizure in some people. So I turned that on, looked up, and there she was definitley spinning clockwise (or anticlockwise if you look from the floor up). Tne I looked down at my coffee, and back up, and there she was spinning VERY definitely anti-clockwise.

    Mmm. Not sure my budget will stretch to a psychiatrist.

    So I turned off GIF animation. That fixed it for sure. Shes motionless, not a flicker of movement. No worries now!

    • yoyoma
    • October 19th, 2008


    I capture a video of the lady turning for sixteen times and when I re-view it, the lady,who first was turning clockwise, turn counter-clockwise on the twelve turn.When I re-view it again, it turn counter-clockwise at the sixth turn.

    The results varies as I re-view it again and again.(but mostly during twelve and sixth turns)

    Why don’t you guys try this and share your experience.

    • bsg
    • October 19th, 2008

    No matter how I try, I can only see clockwise. It is frustrating because I’ve tried all the tricks everyone mentions and still I only see clockwise.

    • Nutz
    • October 21st, 2008

    I have it open twice, side by side, and they are spinning opposite directions… WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? oh my head.

    • nitro
    • November 8th, 2008

    i can see it both ways… it is really cool… i am staring at it since half an hour and i can switch it like i want… and sometimes i can´t switch it backwards.. haha and then it works again.. funny shit

    sorry for all folks who cannot see it. don´t give up


  3. It is obvious to me!
    Sometimes she leads with her left foot (thigh)- thus she is spinning counter clock wise.
    Then she switches as she is facing you (sometimes) it is very quick and hard to see but then she leads with her right foot – thus she is spinning clock wise.
    Look at her hip and which foot she is leading with– it switches – it is NOT a way to judge right or left brained persons – only a great ploy.


    • Dave
    • December 7th, 2008

    After splitting the gif files into their individual frames, I notice a few things. There are 34 frames. They are all from her making a single circle. It is clear that the creator intended to show movement in a clockwise direction. For me, when her raised leg is on the left side (my left), her direction appears to be more ambiguous, even advancing frame-by-frame. Anyone obsessed enough to check it out can use the free GifSplitter (Windows only 🙁 ) from http://www.xoyosoft.com/gs/index.htm

    • stephen
    • January 26th, 2009


    Actually I think when people notice that the dancer
    changes the spin direction is whether they are looking
    at the image DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLY (e.g. peripheral vision).

    I’m a ophthalmologist right handed (racket sports), left handed
    for golf and batting. Ambidextrous with microinstruments.

    When I look at it directly it spins clockwise.

    If you look at some words to the left or right of the image a few inches away, you will become AWARE that you can see the image with your PERIPHERAL vision. And for me it switches to
    counter clockwise.

    My lefthanded friend only sees the clockwise spin no matter what.

    Now whether this truly represents dominance I’m not really sure, it just represents what or which side of your visual cortex is perceiving.

    • jom
    • March 16th, 2009

    I seriously doubt a perceptual illusion could possibly be correlated in any way with right/left hemisphere dominance. It doesn’t make any sense — why would there be a connection at all? It’s just a visual illusion. I would bet that the poll above says more about what people _want_ to believe about their brains, than about how their brains actually work.

    For those of you saying things like “It is clear that the creator intended to show movement in a clockwise direction,” you’re just wrong. This is no different from the Necker cube: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necker_cube.

    You’ll notice that if you see her spinning clockwise, her raised hand is higher when it’s behind her, and lower when it’s in front of her. She seems to be leaning towards you. If you see her spinning counterclockwise, her raised hand is lower when it’s behind her and higher when it’s in front of her. She seems to be leaning away from you.

    Now compare that to the Necker cube. If you see the left-hand square as the front, the front of the cube is lower than the back. It seems to be leaning towards you. If you see the right-hand square as the front, the front of the cube is higher than the back. It seems to be leaning away from you. It works this way because there are two different 3-d positions that look the same in 2-d.

    The spinning girl is weirder than the Necker cube, because it’s based on a human form, rather than a simple geometric one. But it works on the same principle.

    (p.s. for those of you who can’t make it switch, focus on her foot — even use your hand to blank out the top part of her body. It’s easier to “make” her foot switch direction than her whole body. Then uncover her body again. You’ll see what I mean about how she “leans” forward or backward depending on which way she seems to be rotating.)

    • ranee
    • May 12th, 2009

    when i open in two pages i also see her moving in opposite directions. My primary instinct is she is moving clockwise. I am a dancer by profession.

    • Ivan
    • May 18th, 2009

    if i can just see 1 side which is clockwise does it mean tht my left brain is useless or it meant tht using 1 brain is better than 2?

    • Riley Dowell
    • May 19th, 2009

    the reaon most people see her spinning clockwize is because the right side of your brain is trying to imagine what that is it like to see images. if you cant get it to spin counter clockwize simply engage in a task that uses left brain like read the info under and keep the dancer in the corner of your eye and as you read you may notice the dancer switch direction

    • Tim
    • May 22nd, 2009

    It’s funny because even if I cover an eye, she still spins quite equally both ways and I can control it just by relaxing my thoughts or focusing. When I focus, she spins counter clockwise, when I relax my thoughts, she spins clockwise. Even with either eye covered.

    • Dave
    • July 8th, 2009

    I’ve done it!!!! I saw her both ways with a little trick.
    First i only saw her turning clockwise.. still. But then i put my hand over her and started looking at the shadow, her outer foot spining and it was easy to make her turn anti-clockwise just thinking of it, or turning my finger in the direction i wanted. After sawing her shadow i started lifting my hand slowly and EUREKA!
    then i looked back at her center foot (the ‘pivot’) and it stardet turning clockwise again…. really nice optical ilusion.

    • Terk
    • September 8th, 2009

    Just click and drag on the image repeatedly.
    That’s the fastest way for me to get her to change direction.

    • Waldo
    • September 11th, 2009

    It is completely incorrect to state that hemispheric dominance can be evaluated from the perception of computer visual graphics. This is an automated sensory source, hence only learned perception will articulate the initial spin of the woman.


    That was a joke; however, the opening statement is NOT.

  4. Hi Waldo, you are right, and funny too!

    • scarlett
    • October 14th, 2009

    i can see the spinning lady spin both way…and i guess everybody can see the same as i do….

    • Arun kumar.C
    • November 20th, 2009

    (Nice to see how a real human brain worked: Isalella)

    The question asked here is “Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?”

    all the folks were trying to build what they and their brain are but the ultimate reality is the dancer is turning both clockwise and anti-clockwise apart from time calculations, when she is standing with right leg she turns anti-clockwise and in clockwise when she is on her left leg that’s all, no matter weather she is leaning forward or backward, no matter she is switching very often, no matter 12 or 6 turns on anti-clockwise, no matter 13 turns on clockwise, no matter 31 or 27 frames attached, no matter HEMISPHERIC DOMINANCE or BLASPHEMY.

    i accept that human brain has two sides that is to say left and right but i wont accept the dominance part, your right eye dominate your left eye only when you opt to close your left eyelid or by closing it with your hands similarly the left eye, as like this your sides of brain is also dominating one another in this way but with instincts, opening eye lids or hands depends on who you are? But don’t take this kind of optical illusions to judge who you are, come on buddies we are humans we are more powerful then what we think about ourselves. Don’t hold your brain into the palms let it function.

    • Kitty
    • December 31st, 2009

    I saw this and initially she was spinning clockwise; however, I began to read below the image and she started spinning counter-clockwise. Does anyone know why this happens?

    • Jasmine
    • January 17th, 2010

    Kitty-maybe because you are reading and the reading triggers your verbal (left brain) side?

    At first I could only see her spinning anti-clockwise, then I would see it change every 20 seconds so I thought it was fake. But I tried to make her change at “will” so… cool/easy trick,

    close your left eye & left hand and use just right eye & right hand (move/flex/count on that hand with your fingers) and it will change her spinning direction or vice versa.

    • Jasmine
    • January 17th, 2010

    oh and to add, I also thought it was fake because when your brain switches the direction it makes it look like the spinning stops for half a second but I guess in reality she doesn’t! so weird

    • Liz
    • February 7th, 2010

    I don’t care which of my brain hemispheres is dominant! But I do care that no matter how many times I’ve tried (using all the above suggestions, tried over and over again) the figure continues to rotate clockwise.

    I’ve never know something so impossible to switch as this – with all the usual static optical tests (e.g. duck rabbit) after a time I can always see the other point of view. But not this test.

    Does anyone know why some of us find it impossible to make the figure switch direction?

    • no-brainer
    • May 2nd, 2010

    Depending on the assumptions made and visual cues picked up, your brain can make the dancer spin either way. http://ofb.net/~whuang/imgs/spin/

    @Liz hope this helps 🙂

    • Ikar
    • May 20th, 2010

    After a minute of exercise you should be able to perceive her spinning in the desired direction and switch between them easily. Quite amazing, though. Got any other intriguing optical illusions?

    • pete
    • July 2nd, 2010

    Bottom Line —–
    Look at her foot and the shadow of her foot on the ground. all can easily change her direction of twirling.

    the direction you observe in the first glance might be the answer to your question.

    • radioactivedonut
    • September 15th, 2010

    This doesn’t work at a test. Not only does observing the image change the outcome of brain function, the idea of people being “left-brained” and “right-brained” is simply ridiculous. Of course, it is true that some people will be inclined to think more analytically, while some people are more creative, this is simply a function of the environment that you live in. Whether you realize it or not, your mind always keeps itself fit to suit facets of your daily life, for example, your job. A painter will use the right hemisphere of his brain more often than his left simply because he is sane. You would not, for example, expect a mathematician to rely on his right hemisphere in his living environment, unless he was mentally handicapped.

    • Jack
    • October 2nd, 2010

    Ah haha, I made the dancer go back and forth and it looked like she wasn’t making any complete rotations! Took some practice but it’s kinda fun. I hope it doesnt ruin my eyes.

    • Tim
    • October 9th, 2010

    The dancer doesn’t spin in any particular direction for me. She makes a half spin clockwise and then a half spin anticlockwise consistently.

  5. Actually, the dancer is not rotating..
    infact what is happening is the image is flipping horizontally from left to right, your brain interprets this 2D image into a 3D image.

    Wether you see the image spinning anit clockwise or not, the fact is if you see it spinning, your brain has already created a illusion of rotation. where infact there is no rotation at all…

    If the image was a 3D model , which was depth sorted and shaded, you would only see it turn in one direction, and that is the direction the model is turning..

    • Reza/ Iran
    • October 30th, 2010

    I think DG is right. i covered one of my eyes , then the other, nothing took.! I t doesn’t work. and it shouldn’t so.
    it’s so funny to say that that closing on eye, dsconnects your opposite hemisphere from gathering information.
    do you think the each eye is wired to the oppposite side of your brain! Rediculous! or perhaps you want to say that a man got his left eye blinded , analyses his envoirnment just with his right side!
    are all right-eyed people crazy?

    • Jesse
    • November 19th, 2010

    If you focus on working your left side of your brain and relax your right side the girl will rotate counter-clockwise – Vice versa

    • George
    • November 30th, 2010

    I think there are some cues, which make it more likely to rotate clockwise. Such as that the hand comes first in rotation, and the leg follows. Also she is bobbing down at the time when she is turned away from us, pointing with her extending leg more down than up, which seems more intuitive.

    If one flips his brain to see the woman rotating anti-clockwise, then the leg comes first and a hand follows, which to me looks unnatural, and the figure looks slightly distorted (perhaps due to the fact that this picture is not entirely orthogonal, but has a slight perspective in it).

    So regardless of whether a person is a left-brain or a right-brain thinker, I think it’s more likely for one to see it rotating clockwise.

    • George
    • November 30th, 2010

    P.S., it’s much easier to trick oneself into thinking it rotates another direction, if one sees a small thumbnail of it. I was looking at Windows7 taskbar live window preview, and then it somehow turns the other side for me.

    • Nalwoir
    • January 4th, 2011

    Ok, so am I the only person who has trained myself to see her as no longer turning, but as shifting on a pivot from left to right? She doesnt turn for my brain anymore, her back leg just moves 180d without ever coming around the front. Have I broken my brain?

    • woodrow
    • March 24th, 2011

    I bet she is getting dizzy.I know I am.

    • azzax
    • April 6th, 2011

    This illusion is great. But illusion does always have a trick. And After observing a lot i feel the lady in this GIF file is moving to clockwise first then after some time the creator has made her to move the anticlockwise, why we get more involved is the fact that we want to know whether we are right sided or left sided from brain.

    • sarojani
    • May 4th, 2011

    i think this is turning anti clock side any fool can see that .this is the maddest thing i ever saw….

    • tori
    • July 16th, 2011

    I could make her pivet by focusing on her lifted foot. Try it. Imagine you are moving her foot left or right. It worked well for me.

    • deepakrico
    • July 29th, 2011

    when first i saw this pic i found lady rotating in anticlock wise.
    but when my firend tell it turning clock wise, i didn’t believe them .
    but now i found lady rotating in both direction.
    and i found some part from left brain suite me and some right part brain.

    • 101lala
    • December 6th, 2011

    Thanks! I am doing a project and I got alot of info here!! 😀

    • 101lala
    • December 6th, 2011

    deepakrico :when first i saw this pic i found lady rotating in anticlock wise.but when my firend tell it turning clock wise, i didn’t believe them .but now i found lady rotating in both direction.and i found some part from left brain suite me and some right part brain.

    I find it hard

    • johnny wilson
    • January 27th, 2012

    OK here is a secret look at the picture and imagine a picture in your head ok your right side of the brain will take control and step up its
    quota ok the spinning thing should be going clock wise.

    OK look at the picture agian and imagine this text in your head and read it out in your head the picture should be going counter-CLOCKWISE

    i do not know if i am autistic and can imagine that but i hope u all can see it too 🙂

    P.S it can be reversed for somepeople it is reversed for me 🙂

    • 101lala
    • January 28th, 2012

    What is anti-clockwise? (pardon my ignorence) 🙂

      • Mugs
      • February 24th, 2012

      To the left, the opposite of the way the clock goes.

    • Kevin O’Neill
    • February 8th, 2012

    When I first turned to the page it was going counter clockwise while I was looking at the picture, then right when I started to read, I noticed the direction changed! Crazy Eh?

    • Gary
    • March 3rd, 2012

    Try covering one eye at a time. Your right eye feeds predominantly your left brain and visa versa. Gust close both eyes for a few seconds in between. For me reverses every time

    • Harold Finteizh
    • October 25th, 2012

    This test will not tell you whether you are left or right brained. It is only an optical illusion, as you can make the dancer spin in either direction by focusing on knee of the foot she is standing on and then choose which direction this two dimensional object flips.

    • Terry Hauck
    • October 26th, 2012

    Once you realize that it is not spinning but just a 2D repesentation with the foot going back and forth you can control it much better. I can feel my mind shift when I make it change directions. I can tell that it is just my mind that thinks that it even has direction but really it is just a flat image.

    • Tina Huynh
    • October 11th, 2013

    That is so cool! I focused for like 30 seconds and the dancer turned clockwise at first then anti-clockwise then back to clockwise again.

    • Sapna
    • May 12th, 2016

    Let us focus on the reflection below. Only onw half circle of her rotation is visible and clearly in the reflection her toes are away from us and heels are towards us. This means that what we see in the reflection is when she turns her back to us. And her feet moves from right to left in the reflection. So it is definitely counter clockwise

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