Right Brain vs. Left Brain Test

By October 30, 2013Insight
Left v Right

I’m currently working on developing a business with a couple of my friends. The company is called Kikai Mining. We answer the question: How do I innovate?

One key aspect of innovation is being creative. I’ve long known that I’m a relatively balanced left brain (analytical) / right brain (creative) individual, but I’ve never put it to the test. Today, I did.

Many sites today offer a free creativity test, but I decided to take one offered by The Art Institutes. It’s was a quick test that had me answering questions about what I like, how I like to learn and what I like to do with my time.

Here are the results:

53% left brain / 47% right brain

Great. Confirmed what I already suspected.

What I found more interesting was what followed because there are predominant traits that fall under each category. I’ll paste what they are below:

Predominant Left Brain Trait > Linear Processing

Linear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

Your Linear Analysis

When processing information using this method, you will occasionally feel the need to see the “whole picture” before you are able to achieve results. At other times, you are able to piece all of the parts together in a straight and logical progression to form a whole, which then enables you to understand what you have processing. The information, your mood, and your level of comfortable are all factors that determine your response to a linear processing problem.

Predominant Right Brain Trait > Concrete Processing

Concrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by “drawing it out” because it allows them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it is for them to understand it.

Your Concrete Analysis

You are strong in concrete processing. When you process information about things that can be seen or touched you show great comfort. But when contemplating something without concrete form, you may have difficulty, and attempt to understand what is trying to be processed in visual terms. For example, if solving a math problem, it would help you to “draw out” the problem and visualize it. Only after visualization, would you feel comfortable solving it.

Conclusion

This test was pretty spot on for me. Certainly there are some nuances here, but for a test that was designed for the masses I’m pretty impressed.

Take the test for yourself at http://www.testyourcreativity.com/ and let me know what you think.

Other Tests

http://99u.com/articles/7160/test-your-creativity-5-classic-creative-challenges
http://www.testmycreativity.com/
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/creativity-quiz.htm