This optical illusion can reveal your thought process

April 13, 2022

The optical illusion on this page—showing the silhouette of a man in a sprinting pose—can reveal what kind of thought process you have and whether you struggle to multitask, reports NDTV.

The image has exploded on social media—attracting a flurry of comments about whether the man is running toward, or away from, the viewer. It first was released by Fact Factories, which said it is part of an ongoing research project aimed at determining whether respondents have “male” or “female” brains.

If you see the man running toward you, you may have a predominately “male” brain. Such people, the researchers say, try to solve their problems and pass life’s difficult obstacles using spot-on analytical skills and good reason. They learn quickly once they become curious about something.

“That’s when you focus all your energy on [… a challenge] until you come up with an idea of how to approach it,” said Fact Factories.

However, such people are not good in multitasking, said the website. They would like to focus on one thing at a time. When they come up with an idea or have a strong opinion about something, they are ready to back it up with convincing arguments because they are sure of themselves, their focus and attention skills.

Conversely, if you see a man running away from you, you may have a predominately “female” brain. You rely on your senses and reasoning; and don’t rush when making a decision. Your brain is at its best when you are immersed themselves in something creative, added Fact Factories.

What’s more, such respondents are great multitaskers, and have an amazing memory. They can always count on their intuition and excellent senses.

But none of this science is set in stone:  Neuroscientists have been working for decades to bust the myths and stereotypes about how the female and male brain works. Noted neuroscientist Daphna Joel even launched a course dedicated to the hot topic in 2009 at Tel Aviv University.

What’s more, some scientists believe that the whole concept of gender and gender roles should be readdressed, while others say there is no use in classifying some parts of the brain as feminine and masculine.

Research contact: @NDTV