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09-Jun-2003

Time for some metacognition…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:48 pm

My results on the Mind Media Brain Persuasion test, a meme that’s been going around quite a few blogs, with my own comments in italics:

Auditory : 54%
Visual : 45%
Left : 23%
Right : 76%

Auditory 54%? I can see how they could label me as right-brained; my mind works in a rather “ADD-ish” way, for lack of a better explanation. But I’ve always thought of my primary style of thinking as verbal-visual. Then again, in a non-verbal capacity– for example, instrumental music or abstract art– I do tend to process things better aurally. Go figure; it’s almost the reverse of how most people tend to think…

Cody, you show a slight right-hemisphere dominance with a moderate preference for auditory processing, an unusual and somewhat paradoxical combination of characteristics.

Again, I wonder where they got the idea that I had an auditory preference; I was wondering if my answers on some of the “wordplay” questions like SING:SONG::_:_ had any impact. I chose the answer I did because they had the closest resemblance as words in themselves, ignoring the ideas represented by those words.

You are drawn to a random and sometimes nonchalant synthesis of material. You learn as it seems important to a specific situation, and might even develop a resentment of others who attempt to direct your learning down a specific channel.

True… I’ve always considered myself a “jack of all trades, master of none”, a polymath geek who’s interested in a wide variety of topics, with interest in them widely varying depending on the circumstances.

Your right-hemispheric dominance provides a structure that is only loosely organized and one which processes entire swatches of reality, overlooking details. You are emotional in your reactions and perceptual more than logical in your approach, although you can impose structure and a language base when necessary.

Somewhat on the right track. Though my thought process is loosely organized and I often do miss out on certain details, I’m not exactly the most emotional person in the typical sense of the word (though I can get emotional at times, generally those emotions tend to be rather introverted). And perceptual and logical aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, which is what this result seems to suggest; in the INTP personality type, they coexist, though there *is* a slight preference for intuitive perception.

Your auditory preference, on the other hand, implies that you process information sequentially and unidimensionally. This combination of right-brain and auditory modes creates conflict, as you want to process data more rapidly than your natural processes allow.

I do tend to process information unidimensionally and sometimes sequentially, but I don’t think of it so much as auditory as a visual “stream”, if that makes any sense at all.

Your tendency to be creative and free-flowing is accompanied by sufficient ability to organize and be logical, allowing you a reasonable degree of success in a number of different endeavors. You take in information methodically and systematically which can then be synthesized rapidly. In this manner, you manage to function consistently well, although certainly less efficiently than you desire.

Ah, there we go. That sounds more INTP than the earlier descriptions! 😉

You prefer the abstract and are a theoretician at heart while retaining the ability to be practical. You find the symbolism in a great deal of what you encounter and are something of a “mystic.”

Heh… is there any reason I felt most comfortable this past semester in the classes that had “theory” in their names?

With regards to your lifestyle, you have the mentality which would be good as a philosopher, writer, journalist, or instructor, or possibly as a systems designer or social worker. Perhaps most important is your ability to “listen to your inner voice” as a mode of skipping over unnecessary steps to achieve your goals.

Systems designer… programmer… hm, I can kind of see that working out, heh. And I do often use intuitive thinking to skip over unnecessary steps; it’s yet another common INTP trait…

1 Comment »

  1. My problem in taking the test was that I could usually see the “argument” for every possible answer. While I first thought “U and R” in response to the “I M” question, as soon as I saw the “9 13” choice I immediately understood the logic behind it as well. I guess the test was right when it said I tend to vacillate! I took the test twice, and although I changed several answers, both times I got the same response screen (even left and right; slight visual preference). My second “scores” were Auditory : 37% Visual : 62% Left : 42% Right : 57

    Comment by Lesi — 10-Jun-2003 @ 2:01 am

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