Day 185 – Testing my brain

So given I was convinced yesterday was the end of the week, I had been exhausted since Tuesday, and I have generally had the concentration of a goldfish, for some reason I decided today was the day to test my brain. Of course.

I probably needed brain training first, but seeing as I’ve owned a Nintendo DS, I played Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? a fair bit when it came out. That still counts right?

I started by downloading an app called Lumosity that would tell me where my brain was in comparison with others my age. I did a quick memory game that I was pretty good at, then another game which I ironically can’t remember, but it was the train game that broke me.

It was testing how we deal with divided attention by having different coloured trains come out of the tunnel, and you had to quickly change the tracks so it went to the right station. This was so stressful: I finished the game and rather than complete more of the recommended games, I got my brain results there and then. Let’s just say I wasn’t in the top 50% of people my age.

Not in a rush to do any more brain games in a hurry, I chose to test which side of my brain was more dominant – something I’ve always been curious about. I’m a very visual learner, and would absolutely consider myself creative (despite evidence to the contrary), but I also think very logically and I’m a planner. This test only took 30 seconds and was different from what I was expecting: I had to see which leg was on top when I crossed my legs, and pick a picture that best represents friendship. I found it quite fun to complete and was surprised to learn that my left brain is the dominant side, meaning I’m more logical and detail-oriented.

My last test, because my brain was getting tired, was a personality one. I know different personality tests are sometimes used in recruitment to see if a candidate is suited to a job which I find a little strange, but I was intrigued to see what mine would turn up. I followed the Jung personality test which I believe is similar to the Myer-Briggs test where you rate statements based on how much you agree on a scale of 5 to find out which one of 16 personality types you are.

It turns out I’m an INFP, the same type as Audrey Hepburn, J.R.R. Tolkein, and William Shakespeare. I read the description here and it all seemed to ring true, mainly in the same way horoscopes sometimes do: just vague enough to be applicable to everybody.

I discovered some new things about myself today, like how I should avoid that train game again, and that me and John Lennon have similar personalities – something I couldn’t have said at the start of the day!

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