Is Your Brain More Artistic or Scientific?

By: Raj Chander
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About This Quiz

Over the years, you've undoubtedly heard people say things like: "I'm just not right-brained enough for this," or "She is extremely left-brained." The classic theory on mind function is that each hemisphere represents a different type of thinking. Our right brain is the creative, artistic side that is responsible for new ideas. Our left brain is the detailed, analytical side that helps keep us organized and track the details of our life.

Despite how prevalent this theory is, it's largely been debunked. Researchers conducted brain scans on about a thousand different subjects and found no difference in the functioning of the networks on either side of the brain, regardless of the types of tasks being completed. In other words: we all use both sides of our brain, all the time.

Nevertheless, we still run into people who seem to use different sides of their brain. We all are familiar with our detail-oriented friend – probably an accountant or engineer – who is great with math and keeping things organized but couldn't paint a picture or carry a tune if their life depended on it. Conversely, most of us know that free spirit who seems to barely be able to put clothes on in the morning, yet can write a song or perform a classical dance like few others in the world.

You've probably even classified yourself under the left/right brain theory – but how accurate is your assessment? Let us double check; give us the answers to the questions below, and we'll assess whether you are more left or right-brained.

Our academic aptitude says a lot about our brains. What was your favorite subject in school?

Our brains love music! What is your favorite type of tune?

We often admire celebs who think like us. Which of these celebrities do you idolize?

Logic and puzzle games help engage our minds. What kind of brain game do you enjoy the most?

There's a strong connection between the mind and body. How good are you at physical tasks?

Keeping ourselves fit can keep our minds healthy too. How often do you exercise?

What kind of recreation does your brain enjoy the most?

Our jobs often illustrate our mental preferences. What kind of work do you do?

Our brains can make romance easy or difficult. What's your marital status?

We're all our own biggest critics. How do you judge your own creativity?

Making music is a complex function that involves both brain and body. Do you play any instruments?

We can all express ourselves in different ways. What's your favorite form of art to create?

Let's say you need to focus before an important project or assignment. What do you do to get in the zone?

Which of these tasks is a friend most likely to ask for your help with?

When you are trying to learn about a situation, how quickly do you jump to a conclusion?

You're presented with a perplexing problem or obstacle. How do you start solving it?

Your personal style says a lot about your brain. What kind of decorations are you most likely to have in your home?

If you could pick anywhere in the world to live, where would it be?

You just got a new piece of furniture for the house, how likely are you to put it together?

Do you wear glasses or contact lenses?

If you could have dinner with one famous person from history, which of the below four would you choose?

Most people try to keep themselves to a schedule – how do you plan your days?

It's a technique used by both creative and scientific people – what do you think about meditation?

If asked to describe you in one word, what would your friends say?

Which type of movie does your mind find most interesting?

At work, the way you think builds your reputation. What kinds of tasks do coworkers tend to ask you for help with?

How would you describe your attention span?

The way our brains move our bodies is a big part of who we are. What's your favorite dance move?

How familiar are you with scientific calculators?

What did your teachers think about you in school?

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