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Right Brain vs Left Brain

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    GREEN     BLUE     BLACK
    RED     WHITE     PURPLE


    What is the color of each word above? Stating the color is tricky, because your left brain (the verbal part) is guided by each word's meaning...while your right brain (the visual part) is guided by each word's color.

    It's a classic (non-surgical) "split" between your left and right brain!

    1. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I had to have a little discussion with my brain to sort these out. This is a great way to see the left and right functionality of the brain.
      Nice experiment Deborah. smile

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        Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

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        I had what I call brain stutters Earnest. As you said it shows the different tasks of the right and left brain.
        Thank you

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    Does anyone know the format to make words larger?

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    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    The word "green" is pink.
    The word "blue" is red.
    The word "black" is blue.
    The word "red" is gray.
    The word "white" is black.
    The word "purple" is brown.

    Btw- I have no clue how to make them larger. hmm

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      Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

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      Yes, but did your mind struggle with the word green and trying to state it is pink?

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        couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It is pink.  hmm

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          Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

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          What is pink?

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            couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            The word green,

      2. Cagsil profile image59
        Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Why would my mind struggle? You clearly stated the parameters of the test.

        So, regardless of what my eyes see, the left side of my brain reasoned, what the answer was, therefore I typed it.

        Did I stutter in my actions? Just in reading your OP, to make sure I understood.

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          Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          The left side would have clearly seen the word green, it would have been harder to state the word green is pink (a right brain function)

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    So far NO ONE gets the drift of this.
    It's not about saying what the colors are.
    It is about the left brain reading Green and trying to immediately say (to yourself) what the color really is.

    It should be easy to see the word green, but harder to say quickly what color the word is.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I think, generally speaking, your theory is correct but in this crowd it may not stand.  Writers are so accustomed to wordplay maybe their brains can cross-convert more quickly?  Good subject.

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    RedElfposted 6 years ago

    This is a fascinating topic, especially as it applies to many artistic disciplines. Betty Edwards text, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" deals with many of these perceptual/visual tangles, particularly as they apply to drawing. Some people do not experience them the same way as others, of course, or have no trouble at all with some of the experiments, such as friend Cags, but they are nonetheless fun and interesting.

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    Pcunixposted 6 years ago

    I find it very easy to ignore the actual colors and read the words.  However, if I invert the test to look for green as "go" and red as "stop", it is equally easy to ignore the words.  I suspect that would be true for most people, which is why requiring you to to do one thing if you read green and another if you actually see the color would be better.   The time it takes you to react correctly would more accurately indicate any dominance.

    I do not know if anyone has actually done such testing.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good point, Pcx.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    smile

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    Audreveaposted 6 years ago

    So weird - I was just reading about left brain / right brain yesterday.

    Agree that it's easier to read the colour names regardless of font shade than to ignore the word and just 'read' the colour of the font.

    Great experiment Deborah!

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      Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Anyone should have a brain stutter as they try to express the true color of the font while reading the word.

      Nice to see you Audrevea. How are you?

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    camloposted 6 years ago

    Cool! When I see the word 'Green', I seem to want to say 'Pink' etc.; can't spontaneously say what I'm looking at.

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    wildernessposted 6 years ago

    As Pcunix says, as soon as my brain discovers that the word is the "wrong" color it is very easy to ignore the actual word/letters and simply look at colors.  At that point is is easy to correctly say the colors.

    If though the word is actually read however, it then becomes an exercise in reading the word, discovering the right color and deciding which to report.  As the two are in conflict it takes a conscious effort of thought to do so.

    Simplistically, the right brain can't read so use it exclusively during the test.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago

    The real test is in reading the word and expressing the color of the font, to show the left and right brain conflict/job.
    Blocking one or the other out doesn't show the effect of the conflict.

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      wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That was kind of my point.  If you can block the left brain side, the right side takes over and it's easy.  If you allow the conflict between the two it takes much more effort to get it right.  A clear difference in the workings and capabilities of each.

 
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