Can you be both right and left brained???

April 21, 2008 at 1:15 pm 52 comments

So, apparently everyone at work has decided that I know everything.  (Which I admit is sometimes kinda cool.)   

It’s kind of funny, really, because whenever someone is curious about something, they say, “I bet kegger knows!”  Whether it’s how to pronounce a name or how to spell something, or some profound religious question, I always get asked the random questions. 

Today, I was asked, “What makes people left handed?”  This kind of caught me off guard, because I thought everyone knew about genetics.  I mean, didn’t everyone learn about genetics in 7th grade, or was that just me?  Granted, I did have Mrs. Beckham for science, and she was completely and totally obsessed with genetics, but still.  (We paired up one day in class and made babies by flipping a coin to see which genetic traits our baby would get.  I was paired with my friend Rebecca, and we named our baby Aeon Flux.  My two guy friends at the next table named their babies Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima.  Hee.)  I thought genetics were pretty common sense.  Of course, the lady that was asking me this was in her 40’s and genetics might not have been such a big deal back then, who knows.  So anyway, I start going in to the whole dominant and recessive trait things and I tell her that someone in her family must have a left hand, either her mom or her dad, if she does (her dad does) and then I go on to tell her that if she’s left handed, she’s usually right brained. 

So that got me thinking–I don’t know if I’m right brained or left brained.  Can you be both?  I’m right handed, but I’m also relatively creative–I paint, I draw, I’ve illustrated a book, I like to photograph things–and those types of things are typically a right brain thing.  I also like to write but I’m not entirely sure if writing is a right brain thing, or a left brain thing.  But I’m also right handed, not left handed (although my dad did say once that when I was little, I used my left hand more and they trained me to use my right hand instead) and I’m always on time and I’ve usually fairly organized at work (but rarely at home for some reason) so I couldn’t decide if I was right brained or left brained. 

So, because I was curious about that, I googled “Left and right brain tests” and I took one.  http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm

And sure enough, I’m kind of both, even though I’m more one than the other.  Usually people are more to the left or right and less in the middle, from what I’ve heard:   

Left Brain Right Brain
42% 58%

 

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Your Left Brain Percentages

  54% Verbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
  42% Symbolic
  27% Reality-based
  18% Sequential
  17% Logical
  16% Linear (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

  46% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
  45% Random
  43% Intuitive
  40% Fantasy-oriented
  36% Holistic
  0% Nonverbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

So, amelie, take the quiz.  What are you???!   

 

 

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  • 1. Stacey Derbinshire  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

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  • 2. ameliebee  |  April 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Wicked weird–I’m 48% left brained and 52% right brained.

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  • 3. rahmama  |  April 23, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Interesting. I just filed a post about right and left brain. I have a lot more fun on my right side. Will take the test tomorrow. Both sides need sleep.

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  • 4. kegger  |  April 23, 2008 at 8:22 am

    amelie, are you serious?! That’s really strange. We the same numbers, they’re just transposed!

    What I find interesting is that I’m most definitely right handed. But I’m a bit more right brained when I guess everything that I learned in science class says I should be more left brained. And I took more than one test and they all said about the same thing. (I posted that link because it was the longest and seemed the most useful. The others only had like, 20 questions, and they seemed a bit vague to me.)

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  • 5. rahmama  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Kinda bizarre. I just took the test and have the exact same percentages as you. (But I don’t believe I am you :o)

    I lost the results when I clicked away but the left-brained percentages were even in the same order; however, my right brain strength is non-verbal.

    I am right handed.

    Very interesting test. Come visit me on Blink of an Eye and read my latest post: “What does a left brained person do for fun?”

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  • 6. rahmama  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Here’s the link to Blink of an Eye. I thought you could click on my avatar to get there, but it didn’t work.

    http://rahmama.wordpress.com/

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  • 7. kegger  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Hm… since everyone is getting similar results so far, maybe the test isn’t that reliable. I might have to check out a few more.

    Thanks! I’m about to check out your blog.

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    • 8. Jess  |  February 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Hey, I took the test and I got 50 percent left brain and 51 percent right brained. Well, regardless, I have enough brain to know that 50 plus 51 is NOT 100 percent, so I must have tied but the thing just couldn’t say that. I guess that means I use both parts of my brain the same. I took another test and it said that I used both. So…. what do I do now? Oh, and by the way, I have tested for Gifted too, if that helps. Please respond quickly, because both sides of my brain are dying to know the answer. Thanks a bunch!

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      • 9. kegger  |  February 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

        As to what to do now, your guess is as good as mine! I’ve considered trying one of those Luminosity-type programs, to see if you can… I don’t know, exercise a specific region of your brain or something? But I haven’t tried that yet. You’ll have to let me know if you try something like that!!

  • 10. ameliebee  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Or we were all separated at birth…Except that kegger was born a year before I was, so that theory doesn’t really work. Maybe it’s some delayed-reaction Village of the Damned thing. Except that I’m not blond haired and blue eyed. So I think I’m going to stop writing now.

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  • 11. kegger  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Hm… yeah, I’ve got nothing. It’s just kind of odd. Especially when you consider how alike we are, and the fact that we didn’t really grow up together or anything. I mean, you and I knew eachother amelie, but we didn’t KNOW eachother until that wonderful photography class, you know? So, it’s just a bit odd. And funny. And cool, all at the same time.

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  • 12. ameliebee  |  April 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, thanks, Stacey! We love comments, so keep ‘em coming.

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  • 13. diana  |  July 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    well Im both brained too, so I hear you, but their is this test they do, Im not really sure of how it works, but the show you an image of a dancer spinninng and they ask you, If she`s spinnning clockwise or counterclockwise, Well guess what I clearly see her change directions, and legs, which is very freaky because nobody else sees it and I felt like some kind of skitzo person, but ah yeah, Im both brained, and Im a psych & photography major, & an-ex law student., so yeah.

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    • 14. Heaven  |  October 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I have tried that. I found a trick to it. To change direction you start thinking logical things about her or think about the creativity and stuff about her. It’s very easy

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  • 15. kegger  |  July 28, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Oh, I’ve seen that spinning clockwise/counter clockwise lady, I see it going both ways, too. Sometimes it just automatically switches, and sometimes I can make it switch. It’s… odd.

    And I also studied psychology and photograph. And graphic design. No law, though.

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  • 16. athena  |  November 13, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Cool i am almost complete central brain im 49 percent left and 51 percent right weird huh!

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  • 17. jeslyn  |  November 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

    i’m 48% left brained and 52% right brained. im a right handed but my mum told me that when i was young im a left handed. and when im still in pre-school, i thought i was using the wrong hand so i switch to my right hand. but about the spinning lady, me too! i can see her change her direction!

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  • 18. Felix  |  February 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve been told that I’m both left and right brained, ironcly this test gave me 50%-50% :P. I’m not sure what it means, but hey! – its good to be different, right?

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  • 19. Lee Wilde  |  May 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I just found your blog via a google search for “possible left right brained”. I wanted to know if its possible to be both….and if so, whether that would be a good or a bad thing. I have a feeling I’m both…and whilst interesting, its not always fun. Constant inner turmoil, confusion, trouble making decisions. Fortunately for me, I’m an artist, so I can take all this angst and still make a living.

    The title of your blog is something I have asked more than one person in the past. Are you me? Universal Consciousness, etc.

    Yes, I know that I am you and you are me.

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  • 20. Leisa  |  June 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I am 48% right and 52% left… interesting information

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  • 21. Gabby :)  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Ello!

    I too got to your blog through google.

    I took this test before i got to your page and thought it was kinda funny that it was at the same time.

    But anyways- when i took this test, i took it 3 times and i’ve taken tests before that told me i am indeed BOTH brained.

    i get 50% left brain and 50% right brain on all the tests lol.

    I love to read, write, draw, paint, and listen to music-

    but i am also organised when im at school but not so much at home, (if i want to be i can be). I know a lot of facts about a lot of things, and have book smarts along with openminded smarts.

    So, yes i think there is such a thing lol, cause i know i am both brained :)

    Thanks for posting this! :D

    ~Gabby B. – Sophomore Student

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  • 22. Lana  |  October 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    My results were really close…50% left brained and 51% right brained. I’m creaive & i love music like a right brained person (i play violin) but i’m also logical and organized like a left brained person (my best subjects are math and science) but i hate making lists, so i’m 1% right brain dominant

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    • 23. John Leger  |  February 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      That would be 101%. LOL

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  • 24. sons  |  April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    i got 30%left and 70%right funy huh?

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  • 25. KC  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I’m 51% left brained and 49% right brained :)

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  • 26. jojo  |  August 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I’m 46% left brained and 54% right brained. kinda stuck in the middle.

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  • 27. aaron  |  November 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    cool im in between.

    http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_results.pl

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  • 28. Jenn  |  December 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I just got 42 Left 58 Right. I am an artist AND a nurse. lol go figure Im a science nerd and I love to create. Always thought I was the odd one.

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  • 29. Rebecca  |  May 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for posting. I was 49% left brained and 51% left. My left & right brain often fight :-) it makes sense why now. I love poetry, music and math/problem solving and stink spelling. Always though that was weird; glad to see others in the same boat.

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  • 30. Andrea  |  July 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I just had my palms read yesterday and was told I think with both sides of my brain. I took the test from the link you posted and scored 45 left/ 55 right …. I looked up burg sided thinkers and found nothing. Hoping you may have some insight. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  • 31. maddy8202  |  July 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I am the same. I took this quiz on an app and it said I have an integrated hemispere brain.

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  • 32. mihir  |  July 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Left Brain Right Brain
    49% 51%

    Your Left Brain Percentages

    54% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
    50% Symbolic
    43% Linear
    30% Logical
    18% Sequential
    7% Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Your Right Brain Percentages

    50% Random (Your most dominant characteristic)
    44% Nonverbal
    36% Fantasy-oriented
    29% Intuitive
    28% Concrete
    6% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

    i am almost niether left nor right brained

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  • 33. A.A  |  October 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I’m 50% left brained and 51% right brained! :D

    I always thought I was both since my favourite subjects in school have always been art and maths! English has always been my most hated subject and science was never my strongest point. I think it all balances out quite well! :D

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    • 34. Heaven  |  June 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I like Creative Writing and Math. BTW- Don’t you mean 49% left and 51% right?

      Reply
  • 35. Hung  |  October 29, 2012 at 5:52 am

    This piece of writing offers clear idea designed for the new viewers of blogging, that actually how to
    do running a blog.

    Reply
  • 36. Sai  |  November 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I am left brained, I got 85% for the left brained and the rest to the right brained

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  • 37. Amy Oftheworldofblogs  |  December 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    45% Left, 55% Right… Weird…

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  • 38. Junkmailkeep  |  March 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I’m 50% each

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  • 39. AnDon  |  March 14, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I’m 50% Left and 51% right… Uhmmm…. whaaaa…..

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    • 40. JJ  |  April 27, 2013 at 9:49 am

      lol..

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  • 41. JJ  |  April 27, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m 47(left) and 53(right).. no wonder I’m so confused!

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  • 42. Elaine  |  May 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I got 49% left and 51% right. I write and throw with my left hand, but I’m somewhat ambidextrous.

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  • 43. bfp kredyty bankowe  |  June 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Truly no matter if someone doesn’t understand afterward its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it occurs.

    Reply
  • 44. Heaven  |  June 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I got 46% left and 54% right. I can imagine that being around the middle is not normal

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  • 45. quietasamouse  |  August 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

    ” I prefer to listen to rock music. ”
    Erm. no, but I prefer dubstep techno trance dNb classical operatic house, sometime rock music, jazz ska hiphop – should I go on?

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  • 46. precious stella  |  September 6, 2013 at 1:36 am

    am 47 left and 53 right.well i love math and poetry but not that organized poor at art

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  • 47. Janelle Natasha Armstrong  |  November 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I always wondered if I was both right and left brained
    Left Brain Right Brain
    49% 51%

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    • 48. saba  |  March 3, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Lol,got the same results as ya!

      Reply
  • 49. Roni  |  January 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is very interesting to me as I struggle with being both almost equally. When I was a kid I wanted to use my left hand because it felt better but I was not allowed to so when I practiced privately I would alternate (otherwise I would get very internally stressed). I forgot about this until my oldest child was a toddler and he would want to draw and color with his left hand and I thought “Oh how cute a lefty!” When he started school, however, he would try to do his homework with his right hand and was struggling to learn. When I asked him why he was using that hand when he usually liked to use the other hand he said his teacher wouldn’t let him. I told him to use whichever hand he wanted but this scenario repeated itself. I had to go to the school and give the teacher a piece of my mind and then she left him alone and he was able to learn again. He is 29 years old now and still uses his left hand to write but his right hand for everything else. As I dealt with this issue I started to reflect on my own childhood and no matter what it was I was trying to learn (Frisbee, batting, throwing a ball,etc.) I would get in trouble for using my left hand. I never could learn to play guitar and plan to try someday with my left (guitar hero I’m better with my left).
    My point in this story is that I am ambidextrous and can do everything with my left hand that I can with my right and in allowing myself to do so I am less anxious in general. With myleft iam more gentle, feminine and precise and with my right I tend to be more rough (almost masculine) and it serves a purpose when I need it to. My real problem lies with trying to find a career that caters to my right/left brain equal dominance. It’s frustrating as they tend to cancel each other out. When I have a decision to make its often hard to know what to default to so I sometimes go through many steps before coming to a decision- If I’m able to. Funny enough, I can’t even drive with both hands on the wheel because they both fight for dominance and it will cause me to swerve (unless I’m very tired).
    Well thank you for listening (reading) and is anyone else in the same boat? Any suggestions???

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    • 50. Roni  |  January 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Sorry this was so long!

      Reply
  • 51. aliencoffeemug  |  February 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    i just did a sommer test and got 50-50, i’m naturally left handed, and known to be quite kooky, and yet, i can problem solve and do math?
    I was diagnosed with a learning disability was i was 8 years old, and never thought much about intellectual pursuits, until i got sober when i was 37 years old. The longer i’m sober, the more my problem solving ability increases, it’s weird and cool at the same time. You just never know what’s lurking inside the old noggin, sometmes it just needs the chance to be nurtured ;)

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  • 52. saba  |  March 3, 2014 at 3:37 am

    49%_51%

    Reply

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