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I love the brain. The pre-frontal cortex is probably one of my favorite body parts. I have a hard time with most people who haven’t developed one yet. But I love all parts of the brain too.

With that said, I will not take your quiz to see if I am right-brained or left-brained. I use my whole brain, thank you very much, I just recruit different parts of it (from both sides) depending on what I’m doing. (See “The Real Neuroscience of Creativity” from Scientific American, 19 August 2013.)

I will also not take your test to see what personality I have. Humans are far too complex of a creature to be categorized into any number of finite types. Tests that try to tell me who I am are definitely high up on my list of life annoyances.

I will, however, take a nap. Or a break. Or go for a run. Or do some sewing. Because that’s what my brain really needs (wee “Q&A: Why a Rested Brain is More Creative” from Scientific American, 1 September 2016). I discovered while working on my dissertation that rewarding myself with creative time after doing a certain amount of work didn’t exactly work. But if I did the creative/exercise time first then I was able to be more efficient at writing. And I’ve been known to come home from many a run with some of the world’s major problems solved.

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  1. Brett says:

    Interesting info about Myers-Briggs. I took the color-coded personality test a few years back. Don’t even remember what color I was. I kind of suspected it was all bunk even then.

    I think I mentioned to you that Vladimir Kramnik, a former world chess champion, hired a basketball coach so he could improve his chess game. I think I also read somewhere that physical activity is a better guard against Alzheimers than is mental activity. Don’t quote me on it, but it doesn’t surprise me to hear you saying you solve problems when you run. :brett:

  2. Giggle

    Interesting! So, I feel that, overall, I’m an introvert. I need quiet, solo or with Blake time to recharge. But how much introvert time I need to bank or recover depends on more factors than just how many people I’ve been around. Even in my own life, introversion v. extroversion is a spectrum. I imagine it’s the same for the other 6 billion people alive too. And I can never remember what my types are after that.


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