Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Are You Left- or Right-Brained?

This test (below the fold) tells you a little bit about your personality, although I don’t think it is very accurate.

You Are 60% Left Brained, 40% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

What was your score? What did you think of the questions? I thought some of the questions were really stupid, for example, question 10; When you talk, you: Choose your words carefully or Use your hands a lot. How should you answer if you do both, or neither? In my opinion, question 18 was equally stupid; When someone’s upset with you, you tend to listen to: How they’re saying it or What they’re saying. How about .. both?

So how did you answer those questions?

And what do you guess is the point for this question; You tend to have your best ideas when you are: Sitting up versus Lying down.


  1. #1 Ahcuah
    August 26, 2006

    Here’s one combination of questions that really annoyed me.

    Number 4 asks, “You prefer to: Do many things at once; or Focus on one task at a time.” But then Number 14 asks, “When you have a lot to do, what do you do first? The hard things;
    The easy things.”

    Well, since I prefer to do many things at once, that means that when I have a lot to do, I mix up the hard ones and the easy ones. I’ll do some easy ones for relief from the hard ones. Duh.

    Oh, and Number 7: “You tend to: Lose things; Keep things in their place.” Well, actually, I tend to be pretty messy. However, I don’t lose things because I have a pretty good memory, to the point that, if you ask me where some particular paper is, I can find the right stack and know about how far down to look.

  2. #2 Lab Cat
    August 26, 2006

    I was 45% Left and 55% right.

    Annoying questions were:

    Are you more:

    Dunno – both probably

    Also: When someone’s upset with you, you tend to listen to:

    How they’re saying it
    What they’re saying

    how about I tune out completely?

    Do you listen to music while you work?

    How about sometimes? I listen when I’m in the lab, I occasionally do when I am in my office.

    What’s with the Left Brain liking dogs? Where does that come from? Which side of my brain likes my cat?

  3. #3 Caio de Gaia
    August 26, 2006

    90% lefty! I had never thought of my self as an extrem-leftist.

  4. #4 somnilista, FCD
    August 26, 2006

    Aargh! What’s with these questions?

    Look at your desk… right now, it is:
    * A total mess
    * Pretty organized

    I mean, really, they just don’t get it. My desk is an organized mess. It sure looks like a mess, but I know right where everything is. If I cleaned up, I wouldn’t be able to find anything. That question must have been written by someone who is lame-brained.

    Which statement reflects your beliefs more?
    * I have a strong sense of right and wrong
    * What’s right (or wrong) depends on the situation

    That’s a very badly formed question. Both alternatives are true.

    Algebra vs. Geometry: give me a freakin break. In college I sat through a class where the prof filled the board with derivations – twice. As class ended, he turned to the students and said, “the rest is just calculus.”

    You Are 70% Left Brained, 30% Right Brained

  5. #5 Casey
    September 1, 2006

    I got 50/50. Exactly how I usually describe myself too. Clearly I don’t fit into many stereotypes well. and which of those descriptors describes me? all of them? half of each? (which half??)

    i am also curious like Lab Cat which side of my brain likes my kitty.

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