Monday, May 9, 2011

eye on ψ

(ψ = psi = psychology symbol)

(See what I did up there in the blog title? It rhymes. I'm hilarious.)

(Sorry about that... moving on.)

As I previously mentioned, I spent Saturday at a conference. Though a small, state conference with anyone from undergraduates to graduate students to faculty presenting, it was - overall - a good meeting.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things I learned is that we all have a dominant eye. Akin to having a dominant hand. Though that doesn't mean there's going to be any relation between hand-dominance and eye-dominance. However, most people are right-handed and most people are right-eyed, which means you're probabilistically likely to have the 2 match if you are right-handed.

So, you now want to know which one you are, right?

1. Extend your hands forward and place your hands together to make a small triangle between your thumbs and the first knuckle.


2. With both eyes open, center the triangle around the dot below. Alternatively, you can focus the triangle around any focal point in the room (e.g., a doorknob).

3a. Close your left eye - If the circle stays in view, you are right-eye dominant. If you can no longer see the circle, you are left-eye dominant.


3b. Close your right eye - If the circle stays in view, you are left-eye dominant. If you can no longer see the circle, you are right-eye dominant.


3c. Frantically go back and forth between a. and b., amazed that there is a difference.

I'm left-eye dominant (but right-handed). What about you?


  1. I'm right-eye dominant, no question, no doubt, no surprise. Shucks!

  2. I am right-eye dominant but left handed. :)

  3. What if it doesn't work? My eyes are broken!

  4. I think I'm right-eyed dominant. Admittedly I totally fell into the 3c category for WAY too long. What I did notice is that I am amble to trick my eyes into being left-eye dominant for a while.

  5. hmm.. Dot was in view for both eyes. Ambidextrous eyes? User error?