How Much of Your Brain Do You Really Use?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

How Much of Your Brain Do You Really Use?
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About This Quiz

According to science, there's no such thing as left-brained or right-brained. While different sectors of your brain are working hard, the other parts are working in supportive roles. No matter which side of your brain is doing the most work, how much of your total brain are you actually using during any given day? 

If you go to bed tired from thinking every night, there's a good chance that you use more of your brain than the average person. Once you answer our questions about the way your brain works, the things it thinks about and your best abilities, we will be able to give you a concrete percentage about the amount of your grey matter you are putting to work. Are you truly as brainy as you think you are, or is your body doing more of the work than you imagined?

 When you read our questions, try not to overthink before you answer. Let your brain do the most natural thing it does, and gravitate towards the option that represents you best. After you've finished, we'll tally up your responses, and we'll let you know how much of your 8-pound brain you're really using! How much will it be?



What is your first thought when you wake up?
The bathroom
Coffee
Snooze button
Work

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What do you daydream about at work?
Food
My sweetheart
Vacation
More money

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Do you prefer working with numbers or with words?
I prefer working with technology.
I'm better with words.
Numbers are my thing.
I like working with food more.

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How would your coworkers describe your brain power?
Adequate
Outstanding
Normal
Above average

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Do you think you are smarter than anyone else?
I'm smarter than my boss.
I'm definitely smarter than my neighbor.
I'm not better than anyone else.
I'm smarter than my siblings.

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If you were the boss, how would you handle things?
I would be strict.
I am the boss.
I would be fair.
I would not like being the boss.

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Do you use a lot of big words?
I use a tremendous amount of them.
I don't think so.
I like to slide one in for effect sometimes.
It depends who I'm hanging out with.

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Which of these animals do you think is smartest?
Octopus
Kangaroo
Wolf
Great white shark

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Are you more left-brained or right-brained?
I use both sides.
I'm far more right-brained.
It depends on the task.
I'm more left-brained.

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Which of these snack foods does your brain crave most often?
Nuts
Pretzels
Chocolate
Chips

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How do you snap yourself out of a bad mood?
I really don't.
Naps always help.
I think positive thoughts.
Comfort food does the trick.

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Do you enjoy doing crossword puzzles?
I love them!
I prefer Sodoku puzzles.
I don't like that kind of stuff.
I like jigsaw puzzles more.

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How much of nerd do you think you are?
80%
10%
50%
30%

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Which of your traits out rules all the others?
Intelligence
Kindness
Sense of adventure
Empathy

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What does your brain fear the most?
Loneliness
Failure
Spiders
Long division

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Which of these fields is your brain more geared toward?
Healthcare
Finance
Hospitality
Technology

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Do you ever think with your heart?
I always think with my heart.
I try to use logic more than emotion.
I'm all logic.
I think with my stomach more.

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Would you agree with being called a procrastinator?
I would totally agree.
No way!
I procrastinate sometimes.
Everyone procrastinates.

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Which of your senses is the strongest one?
Taste
Sight
Smell
Hearing

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Did you enjoy being a student?
I would love to go back to school.
It was not my favorite thing.
I loved elementary school.
I don't remember much about it.

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What kind of advice would your friends say you give?
Honest
Strange
Horrible
Thoughtful

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Which of these virtues is most important to you?
Integrity
Loyalty
Dignity
Agreeableness

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How would you sum up your sense of humor?
Goofy
High brow
Tacky
Sarcastic

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When you are sleepy, how do you keep yourself awake?
I make coffee.
I walk around.
I just take a nap.
I chat with other people.

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Do you calculate prices in your head?
Sometimes
Always
I use a calculator.
Once in a while

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What are you like during rush hour traffic?
Inpatient
Courteous
Aggressive
Chill

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How often do you post your opinions on social media?
Every day
Once in a while
Only about certain things
Never

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When something is wrong, do you speak up?
It depends on the situation.
I speak up if it's important to me.
I keep it to myself.
Everyone always knows what I'm thinking.

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Do you read more books or more magazines?
I mostly read online stuff.
I read more books.
I love magazines.
I like to read both.

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What is the smartest thing you've ever done?
Got married
Finished school
Bought a house
Moved away

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