Which way do brains face?

To the left.

Recently, Google released all the drawings and data collected from users of their game Quick, Draw!, a game where you have 20 seconds to draw a picture of a thing.

Today we're looking at how people in different countries drew their brains: did they draw them facing left or facing right? Well, as it turns out, when people clearly draw a frontal lobe and/or a brainstem, they typically have the frontal lobe on the left and the brainstem on the right (i.e., the brain facing to the left, to the left, to the left... Brainy with the good hair?)

The error on all values is 7%

The error on all values is 7%

Even when you break it down by country, more people are drawing left-facing brains. Five out of the seven most likely countries to be drawing left-facing brains are Asian. In the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Kazakhstan people are more than twice as likely to draw lefty brains than righty brains.

Possible reasons for this:

  1. Asians typically avoid looking at the International Date Line, and this subconsciously makes them think of brains as eternally facing West.
  2. Pretty much any other reason.
A lot of Asian nations are more than twice as likely to draw left-facing brains than right-facing brains. Error on all values is 7%

A lot of Asian nations are more than twice as likely to draw left-facing brains than right-facing brains. Error on all values is 7%

There were really only two countries where people draw (significantly) more right-facing brains than left: Jordan and Macedonia, with Jordanians having the largest difference.

Jordanian is the most likely nationality to draw brains facing to the right.

Jordanian is the most likely nationality to draw brains facing to the right.

So, there you have it, brainiacs! That's as much time as I can possibly spend on this...