So, obviously, brain elasticity is important.

http://www.maniacworld.com/Spinning-Silhouette-Optical-Illusion.gif

When I fall into one of my common inspirational slumps I oftentimes use this image, and I'm curious as to what ya'll think about my reasoning for why.

By forcing my mind to see the spinning woman move in opposing directions, I feel like i am cheating at helping my brain to be elastic. If so, this type of visual 'training' might be a area of study that people could expand upon. Jedi mind power, here I come!

Thoughts?

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Brain plasticity is real, y'all.  I have personally experienced the "re-wiring" {or adaptive plasticity} of my own brain on several different occasions, with some of the more profound ones being:  

#1 Learning of new skills, techniques, and physical movements through training in the martial arts. 

#2 Fully recovering from severe brain trauma and injury that I suffered in an automobile accident several years ago which caused me to have a loss of physical balance and ability to focus, as well as tremors & seizures; etc. 

#3 Full recovery from a mini-stroke which almost completely paralyzed my right arm, and most especially my right hand which became totally numb and completely useless. 

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It is also continually being proven that many games can be beneficial to brain development... so, while I'm not sure about the efficacy or benefits of your specific example, I do believe that exercises like it are helpful. 

A few interesting articles:

Neuroplasticity  {Wikipedia's main article, of course.}

Brain Fitness

EXERCISES TO ENHANCE BRAIN PLASTICITY  @ LiveStrong.com

Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain @ SharpBrains.com

Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! 

I feel like this Ken Robinson TED talk (RSA hosted) belongs here as well -- particularly if you're still being "Educated". http://tinyurl.com/28oy56r

Indeed, plasticity is very real, and applicable to all walks of life.Once you understand what he's talking about here, you realize that your potential is nearly limitless, and mostly mandated by your perception (and how you perceive).

Thinking about thinking, (http://wp.me/p1gY1u-pK) was a post i did on this all for my own blog -- amidst a series where I literally outlined a way to solve the worlds ails, one step at a time -- and it was inspired nearly directly from this Robinson talk.

I will always game, but, being a recovering addict (self-proclaimed), I mitigate my time now. Otherwise I'd get nothing done. It's now my brains vacation when I've done ample work.

A reward that's also beneficial, Video-games = awesome.

The test: http://www.perthnow.com.au/fun-games/left-brain-vs-right-brain/stor...

I was having a talk with my therapist about that picture a few months ago.

He said he was also able to spin the woman in the opposing direction.

He stopped me before I could try, because he reminded me of headaches. The had caused him minor headaches and dizziness, after spinning her in the opposite direction.

I just tried it after seeing this thread. First she was spinning on her left leg, then on her right leg after trying (to think more logical) for a long time, it worked! I was pretty excited. Then I got a little dizzy. And she returned to normal. Sometimes she still goes back counter clockwise.

I just googled in search for facts, and wow, there are some angry nerds out there who can't accept that the left or right hemisphere can definitely be more "dominant" (due to frequent use). They don't disprove anything. They just say the brain is interconnected, which it is.

I like to challenge myself to do it faster and faster, and, for one reason or another, it never gives me a headache.

I can go clockwise in about two rotations, much faster than going counter-clockwise, which takes me about 25, and although I feel like different brain hemispheres are doing the work...

Well, damn, I hate to be 'that guy', but I think i should say, being that this is why I come here (truth), that I've been hearing a lot of research to the contrary of the standard "Right and left brain" dissonance/learning styles.

Here's a long one which addresses this in general terms: http://skeptikai.com/2012/01/19/left-brain-vs-right-brain-learning-...

And I know i read something in Sci/Am recently that addressed this too, but, though I'm rifling through my last two issues right now, i cant seem to find it. And i have to do editing today b4 Fight Lab tonight so i cant take up much more time on this.

Anyway, it's new research, but I tend to agree with it. It always seemed somewhat hokey to me anyhow. The differing regions do preform differing functions, but theydont inherently only take on structured/rigid V.S. Loose/Artistic styles.

Don't kill me...

Little update on my research on the spinning dancer. I created a little brain aid in flash: http://megaswf.com/file/2158641 (Find the "Play flash full screen" button)

Enjoy! (I haven't made any conclusions yet.)

Dude!  You are amazing!  lol  

I gave myself a headache trying to change that bitch's direction last time.  hahahaha

haha thanks! ^^

So now I know for sure where my gigantic headache from last night came from. I spend the whole afternoon and evening editing it. lol

Holy shit it is like a magic trick

Phenomenal job here. Well done, sir!

I'd say that Focking Original is obviously good at using his right brain.  lol 

That was a really creative solution / aid.  :-D

Thanks all! I appreciate it!

Hehe, true that Shiz. I love my right hemisphere. Oh lol I just got an idea, about a parody on "I fell in love in a hopeless place" (bad song I know) but instead "I fell in love with my right hemisphere" xD Continuously showing out of the ordinary and wacky things people can do to please the right brain.. and stuff.

Entertainment by doing "good", eh? =)

I just had a little play with this picture and found that I can easily switch between the two rotations. I also found that I am able to recognise it as a 2dimentional image that is simply moving from side to side.

So, what does this mean in terms of my brain plasticity?

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