Do you know if you are right-brained or left-brained? Take this Cognitive Style quiz written by Dr. Loren D. Crane of Western Michigan University and find out!
Write the numbers 1 to 21 on a piece of paper, write the letter "A" or "B" after each number, choosing the one sentence that is most true.
Do not leave any blanks.
A ) It's fun to take risks.
B ) I have fun without taking risks.
A ) I look for new ways to do old jobs.
B ) When one way works well, I don't change it.
A ) I begin many jobs that I never finish.
B ) I finish a job before starting a new one.
A ) I'm not very imaginative in my work.
B ) I use my imagination in everything I do.
A ) I can analyze what is going to happen next.
B ) I can sense what is going to happen next.
A ) I try to find the one best way to solve a problem.
B ) I try to find different answers to problems.
A ) My thinking is like pictures going through my head.
B ) My thinking is like words going through my head.
A ) I agree with new ideas before other people do.
B ) I question new ideas more than other people do.
A ) Other people don't understand how I organize things.
B ) Other people think I organize well.
A ) I have good self-discipline.
B ) I usually act on my feelings.
A ) I plan time for doing my work.
B ) I don't think about the time when I work.
A ) With a hard decision, I choose what I know is right.
B ) With a hard decision, I choose what I feel is right.
A ) I do easy things first and important things later.
B ) I do the important things first and the easy things later.
A ) Sometimes in a new situation, I have too many ideas.
B ) Sometimes in a new situation, I don't have any ideas.
A ) I have to have a lot of change and variety in my life.
B ) I have to have an orderly and well-planned life.
A ) I know I'm right, because I have good reasons.
B ) I know I'm right, even without good reasons.
A ) I spread my work evenly over the time I have.
B ) I prefer to do my work at the last minute.
A ) I keep everything in a particular place.
B ) Where I keep things depends on what I'm doing.
A ) I have to make my own plans.
B ) I can follow anyone's plans.
A ) I am a very flexible and unpredictable person.
B ) I am a consistent and stable person.
A ) With a new task, I want to find my own way of doing it.
B ) With a new task, I want to be told the best way to it.
Give yourself one point for each time you answered "A" for questions: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21.
Give yourself one point for each time you answered "B" for questions: 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18.
Add all points. Totals imply:
0-4: strong left brain
5-8: moderate left brain
9-13: middle brain
14-16: moderate right brain
17-21: strong right brain
Researchers have found that each side of the brain has a specific way that it will interpret and react to situations. The chart below will help illustrate the characteristics which are known to reside on each side of our brains.