Left or Right Brain?

I am left-handed for most tasks except playing cricket (I bowl and bat right-handed) and eating (probably the work of my parents). I am, however, almost ambidexterous in that I use my right hand quite often as well. Also, I am more tuned to auditory perception than visual. I usually write the directions down in words rather than drawing it. May be it would have better to have chosen speech processing instead of machine vision as my area of research.

The Brain Persuasion Test had the following results:

Your Brain Usage Profile
Auditory : 56%
Visual : 43%
Left : 68%
Right : 31%

Zack, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance.

You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in.

By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions

When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others.

Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory.

To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.

Sounds sorta like me.

Via PhotoDude.

By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


  1. Auditory : 46%
    Visual : 53%
    Left : 68%
    Right : 31%

    Al-Muhajabah, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always.

    Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a feeling of continually trying to “catch up” with yourself.

    Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor. You can “size up” situations and take in information rapidly. However, you must then subject that data to being classified and organized which causes you to “lose touch” with the immediacy of the problem.

    Your logical and methodical nature hamper you in this regard though in the long run it may work to your advantage since you “learn from experience” and can go through the process more rapidly on subsequent occasions.

    You remain predominantly functional in your orientation and practical. Abstraction and theory are secondary to application. In keeping with this, you focus on details until they manifest themselves in a unique pattern and only then work with the “larger whole.”

    With regards to your career choices, you have a mentality that would be good as a scientist, coach, athlete, design consultant, or an engineering technician. You can “see where you want to go” and even be able to “tell yourself,” but find that you are “fighting yourself” at the darndest times.

  2. Your Brain Usage Profile

    Auditory : 73%
    Visual : 26%
    Left : 61%
    Right : 38%

    My summary is the same as Zack’s…

  3. I don’t have a comment, but I do have a question. I teach low reading 7th grade students and I would like to give them a right and left brained dominance test. the tests that I have seen on the internet are a little to hard for my kids to comprehend. Do you have or know of a website that I can obtain a very easy to read dominance test? Maybe one on a 4th-5th grade level? Thanks for your help.
    interesting comments on your site!

    Carroll Brabham

  4. Hi

    I found this test very unique and interesting. However, it did give me any unique insights into myself. I have come out as a balanced person

    Left : 47%
    Right : 52%

    Can you guide me to any literature on how to manage this effectively. Can a balanced person be ever good at anything or just about mediocre. How do I know if I am married to the right person, how do I know what career is right for me. I am often confused and not sure if I am in the right place.

    Any inputs would be most helpful.


  5. How does the use of right hand or left hand benefit the right or left brains?

    What about left hander? is it true that these people are more artistic?

  6. nisha: I don’t think left- or right-handedness can explain whether one is married to the right person. These kind of online quizzes are more fun than insightful.

    Janthi: I think the theory is that using one’s left or right hand is decided by which portion of the brain is used for the purpose. I might be wrong though.

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