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Posted on 2008.17.07 at 13:31
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Wait. Most people see the dancer in this image going anti-clockwise? And they can make her change direction?

Obviously, I'm way right-brained. But then I knew that. But seriously, woah. It's no wonder I have no sense of direction whatsoever.

Also, meresy and nos4a2no9, we must talk dinner and things! mr_t00by and I will be in Toronto on 7/27 or thereabouts.

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heinous_bitca at 2008-07-17 17:42 (UTC) ()
I've never been able to see her going anti-clockwise. Always clockwise. And never, ever, ever able to make her change direction.

Until just now. I stared at her head for a bit, and then relaxed the focus of my eyes, and I saw her change.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-17 17:45 (UTC) ()
I can see a little hitch in the movement if I focus. Right now I have sore eyes, so I'm not going to stare for TOO long. :)

Some of the comments at the bottom of the page say she always turns clockwise, but I don't think so, since not ALL of them do.
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2008-07-17 17:46 (UTC) ()
She almost always starts clockwise for me, but I can make it seem like she's going the other way too. :)

Yay! \o/ My lab group is having a bbq on the 26th, though, so is it the 27th or thereabouts?
The Moonlight Sonata
moonlight69 at 2008-07-17 17:49 (UTC) ()
Same here. She starts clockwise but I can get her to change direction with a little patience and unfocusing of my eyes. It seems to be easiest if I look to the left of her for a second or two and then look back. :)
Irina
irinaauthor at 2008-07-17 20:15 (UTC) ()
That's what I did too. She was going clockwise when I first loaded the page, but switched as I was reading the text to the left of the picture.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:39 (UTC) ()
I can get her to slow down when I do that, but not change direction. Hmm.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:31 (UTC) ()
Yeah, the play's on the evening of the 26th, so we'll be there sometime in late morning early afternoon on the 27th. Whee! mr_t00by will love Toronto, I'm thinking. He also likes all kinds of food, same as me, so we can eat anywhere good. Maybe an Asian place that doesn't cost a fortune or something. :D
Катерина
_scally at 2008-07-17 17:52 (UTC) ()
Hmmm...
When I opened the link, I saw a dancer going clockwise.
Then I tried to imagine her dancing anti-clockwise, but nothing changed. Then I started to read the text on the left and when I looked at the dancer again, she was dancing anti-clockwise! :-OOO
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:39 (UTC) ()
My left brain obviously needs a workout. *sends it to the gym*
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:32 (UTC) ()
Apparently I don't use that bit. :)
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2008-07-17 18:05 (UTC) ()
That's got to be a trick, right? I mean, the site comes up and the dancer is going in one direction, and then after you've had time to read the paragraph and start concentrating, trying to will yourself to see her going in the other direction, the .gif changes and really does go in the other direction. I can't believe that's a matter of dominance in the brain. I think that site is jerking people around.
Tarnish notte the majesty of my TOWER of HATS
meresy at 2008-07-17 18:09 (UTC) ()
I can do it at will. It's a two-dimensional image; it doesn't truly have a direction.
alexisyael at 2008-07-17 20:03 (UTC) ()
It isn't a trick, it's a very famous perceptional illusion. My husband uses it (or one of the many of them) when he teaches classes on perception :D

I can make it change direction, but it takes me awhile...

PS: the right brain/ left brain stuff is really theoretically debatable at this point. Most perception folks (like my husband) will agree it's bunk.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:33 (UTC) ()
Well, hmm. I'll have to come up with another excuse for getting lost all the time (actually, I already have one, but I don't like using ADD as an excuse a lot because there actually are a lot of GOOD things about it, oddly enough).
the pirate queen of norway
ashkitty at 2008-07-17 18:21 (UTC) ()
I sit there staring and concentrate and cannot imagine how she would be going anti-clockwise. But I too am v right-brained.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:40 (UTC) ()
I've tried and tried. Which says a lot about a. my right-brained-ness, and b. my total lack of a life.
Aingeal
aingeal8c at 2008-07-17 18:27 (UTC) ()
She starts off anti-clockwise for me then I change her clockwise. If I blink hard I can make her change at will.

Wierd.
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-07-17 18:43 (UTC) ()
Darn, I don't remember which way I used to see her all the time when this was first passed around. But I eventually got to the point where I could make her swap by concentrating on her feet or hands.
I Am Canadian
dragonflymuse at 2008-07-17 20:44 (UTC) ()
Yeah, it's clearly clockwise. To tell, you just need to know your left foot from your right.

ETA:

1 - I cannot make her go counter-clockwise.

2 - The programmer has an attention for details. He digitally rendered her nipples with accuracy.

Edited at 2008-07-17 20:46 (UTC)
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:34 (UTC) ()
1. Me neither.

2. Rendering is v. v. important in this kind of experiment.
A Revolutionary Biscuit of Italy
revbiscuit at 2008-07-17 21:34 (UTC) ()
The first time I saw this she was going one way (I forget which) then I refreshed the screen and she went the other. I immediately thought someone was taking the mickey because nearly every time I refreshed she changed direction.

Today I tried to see if I could make her change direction the way one of your earlier commenters suggested. By letting the picture go out of focus - a bit like you do to see 3D pictures - she changes every time I do it. Curious.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 00:36 (UTC) ()
I can do Magic Eye pretty easily, but she keeps on dancing anti-clockwise in this case.

Edited at 2008-07-18 00:36 (UTC)
AuK
aukestrel at 2008-07-18 02:25 (UTC) ()
I actually did a poll on this to see if right or left handed people were more apt to see her turn one way or the other way first. (For the record: I can't make her turn at all. My daughter can make her turn at will.) I think if you go look at my tags for polls it wasn't too far back.
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-18 03:35 (UTC) ()
I'm right-handed, although I've always wanted to be left (I have no idea why). I'll have to show this to my left-handed nephew and see what he does with it. And look for the poll. *g*
peacey at 2008-07-18 03:39 (UTC) ()
I can see either way at will, but when I first saw her, she was going clockwise. Weird-o-rama.

In other news, a week and a day to go 'til Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet! And if that wasn't enough, I'm seeing The Dark Knight tomorrow! AND my book is entering into its darkest parts! Squee! I'm awash in a sea of darkness and angst!
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primroseburrows at 2008-07-19 05:49 (UTC) ()
ONLY A WEEK NOW EEEEEEEE!!!
Vee
vsee at 2008-07-18 13:12 (UTC) ()
I read this whole test as more of an eye trick a la those magic eye things that were so popular in the 1990s. I have never been able to see one of those, no matter what I did. They just gave me a splitting headache. The dancer lady...I saw her whichever way right brained ppl are supposed to see her and couldn't make her change, until maybe the 4th time I tried, when I figured out some trick with my eyes. I don't want to try it again today, cause I've been so migrainey this week. That's a fun one, isn't it?
Evie
phoenixw at 2008-07-18 17:32 (UTC) ()
She goes clockwise for me. And I can make her change to counter-clockwise if I work at it, but it takes a while. Interesting that reading seems to do it for many people - as I recall, language is processed in the left brain (except for poetry and music, which is processed in the right).

Ah Toronto. I still haven't made it there yet. It's on my list, though. :-)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-07-19 06:39 (UTC) ()
We're going to Stratford first (a ticket for Hamlet is mr_t00by's birthday present this year), then we'll go to Toronto because I figure he'd like that (plus meeting up with meresy and nos4a2no9, who live in the [relative] area). After that, we'll go to Ottawa because, um. Because we're going to Ottawa. Because it is There.

Edited at 2008-07-19 06:40 (UTC)
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