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10 December 2003  


Testing…testing… As is the case from time to time, your humble oft-absent Goliard got sucked into taking an online quiz instead of buckling down to the overwhleming pile of work at hand. I blame the good folks at Southern Appeal for referring me to this "Brain Usage Profile". Those who know me will be unsurprised that its primary conclusion seemed to be that I am using my brain just a bit too much. Okay, maybe that's not exactly what it says…here's the actual output:

Your Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 17%
Visual : 82%
Left : 47%
Right : 52%

You exhibit balanced hemispheric dominance and a strong visual preference. It is the intensity of your sensory preference which may more determine your learning style.

The balance of left- and right-hemisphere usage is very helpful to a highly visual learner. You absorb your environment, selecting out details and simultaneously embedding them in a context, an overall perspective which adds nuances of meaning. Given the prodigious rate that you input information, you naturally utilize the services of both hemispheres more or less equally.

You are active and searching, which produces energy. Because you can process multiple inputs comfortably, you do not experience the indecision of a person with mixed sensory preference. You are able to focus on more than one aspect of a situation and push for resolution.

You can tolerate ambiguity, which is good, since you will experience a lot of it due to your input style. While a part of you will always seek completion, the other part will accept the process as it is. You may occasionally get impatient with yourself. You will always be able to work through problems in a logical sequence or given order, but you will have other options available to you as well.

You may find that you have insufficient time to reflect on your experiences and thus lose a sense of meaning, not appreciating your "inner being" as much as you might otherwise.

Many people would envy your combination of characteristics. Constantly seeking stimulation, you are artistic without needing to be "odd," an active learner and yet reasonably logical and disciplined.

Not bad at all. I especially liked the "artistic without needing to be 'odd'" remark—flattering (at least to my way of thinking), unexpected, and pretty on-target. (Though you'd think, being such a strongly-visual "artistic" sort, I would be able to successfully draw something more sophisticated than stick-figures…)

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