February 4, 2009


Isodirectional/Non Isodirectional Psychological Article

Isodirectional/Non Isodirectional Psychological Article


You have to try this please, it takes
2 seconds. I could not believe this!
It is from an orthopedic surgeon.

This will boggle your mind and you will
keep trying over and over again to see
if you can outsmart your foot,
but, you can’t.

It’s pre-programmed in your brain!

1. Without anyone watching you
(they will think you are GOOFY….)
and while sitting at your desk in
front of your computer, lift your
right foot off the floor and make
clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the
number ‘6′ in the air with your right
hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so!!! And there’s nothing you
can do about it! You and I both know how
stupid it is, but before the day is done
you are going to try it again, if you’ve
not already done so.

Psychological Articles Explaining Brain Coordination

by BoomerYearbook.com

A silly little trick has been circulating throughout the cyber
world for some time, similar to trying to pat your head and rub your
stomach, but this one involves the coordinating movements of your hands
and feet. The foot trick goes something like this: While sitting
upright in a chair, lift your right foot off the floor and make
clockwise circles. Then, while making clockwise circles with your right
foot, draw the number 6 in the air with your right hand. The catch is
to try to keep your right foot moving in a clockwise direction while
drawing the ‘6’ in the air. It is very difficult, if not impossible for
some. So, what’s the deal? Read on. This psychological article will

There is a plausible explanation for the challenge to move your
foot in a clockwise direction while making a counter-clockwise motion
with your hand. The difficulty is not limited to hand/foot
coordination. Try this other little muscle coordination test (this one
is off the cuff): hold both arms out in front of you, bent at the elbow
(hand should be pointed up, palms facing one another). First, move your
right arm in forward circle. Once you have your right arm moving
forward, move your left arm in backward circles simultaneously. Can you
do it? Accurately? Keeping your movements in circles? (Yeah, right. No
one was looking as you were reading this psychological article
explanation, so who is going to challenge you?)

If you cannot, no matter how hard you try, make your arms and legs
move in opposite directions you are not alone. According to a
psychological article by David Rosenbaum, Penn State University,
published in November/December Journal of Experimental Psychology, your
brain is programmed a certain way. The psychological article explains
that the brain is the sophisticated wiring that controls our muscle
movements. Because of how we are programmed, the brain naturally has
more trouble coordinating movements that are in different directions,
or non-isodirectional. Why? you ask. Give that question some thought.
Do you more often need to use your limbs in conjunction with one
another or in contradiction to one another? Here are a few activities
that you may have participated in recently, or at least observed, that
will demonstrate coordinated muscle movements: 1) riding a bicycle. Do
your legs move in the same direction or opposite directions? If they
moved in opposite directions you would never move from square one; 2)
swinging a bat. Both arms must move together; 3) folding clothes. The
actions are mirror images, but are still in the same direction. Also,
do not confuse ‘opposite’ with ‘alternating’. Although some of our
movements may alternate, they are still in the same direction. It came
on our respective mental hard-drives, luckily.

And why does all of this matter? There have been numerous
psychological articles that have reported studies that tested the
effects of stroke on motor coordination. The general consensus is that
non-isodirectional movements are difficult under normal circumstances.
For stroke patients, both isodirectional and non-isodirectional
movements are compromised not only on the lesioned brain hemisphere but
also on the “unaffected” hemisphere. The conclusion is that both the
left and right hemispheres are needed for coordinated muscle movements.
When a person suffers a stroke, regardless of the side in which the
stroke occurred, the synchronization of motor control movements is
negatively affected.

Isodirectional Brain-from article by Deric Bownds

Isodirectional Brain-from article by Deric Bownds

What did this first in Boomer Yearbook’s series of psychological
articles help you discover about your own abilities to move your limbs
in opposite directions? Are you the exception or the rule? Tell us how
your own tests turned out on BoomerYearbook.com.


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