Atanu Dey On India's Development

Does your brain work differently?


Apparently according to this test, my brain works quite like that of the vast majority of humans. Take this quick test to check your thought pattern. Do tell what happened in a comment but please don’t spoil the test for others by revealing your answer. Just say whether you are with the majority or not. It would be interesting to see how the numbers stack up. Thanks much. (Caution: Don’t read the comments if you want to do the test and not prejudice yourself.)

  • Kaffir

    According to this test, I fall in the 2%, but I don’t really give much credibility to such tests. Let’s see what the comments show.

  • Atanu Dey

    Kaffir, note that the post is categorized under comic relief. It is not supposed to be serious. Cheers.

  • Sanathan

    i got the color wrong !

  • Rao

    98% as well.

    I reckon, after doing no of fast arthmitic calculations, mind is in a hurry and when it comes to the last question, we tend to think in hurry and pick popular ones coming to mind and thats what puts you in the 98%. Would be interesting for someone working with wide varity of those things in real life, would pick differently.

  • Anonymous

    one part of my answer was similar but not the other part.

  • SV

    Well, I am in the other 2% too

  • Sid

    Well, I got the tool right, but not the color. I am wondering if I belong to 2%.

  • NK

    Got the color right, but not the tool.

  • Sudipta Chatterjee

    2% – but I am aware of such a category of tests and consciously decide to not follow the norm :)

  • Amit Kumar Gupta

    What the hell was that. So weird.

  • hmmm

    Close! layer of bright orange-red tree leaves–>my burgundy red guitar(axe!), but no hammer!

  • anup

    i am one of 98%… but i added the numbers differently just for the heck of it (or perhaps since i wanted to to it differently!!) ;)

    for example 3+56= i) 86 or ii) 48 instead of 59.

    i)3+56 => (3+5)6 => (8)6=> 86
    ii)3+56=> (3+5)(6)=> (8)(6)=> 48

  • Ben

    OMG! :)

  • Vishnu

    I was in the 2%. Am quite surprised at the 98% answer that it is claimed to be. We can probably test its credibility by looking at the result here.

  • Loknath

    I thought of my multipurpose wrench that works on all sizes of bolts and does many more things…and its steel grey colour

    so I am different. boss never thought so. He has been lecturing me to think differently but he says I am dumb as a hammer.

    Atanu: doesnt seem to be a reliable test. I think everyone thinks differently and across large population the the results may differ.. by geo, age, gender. Even a basic z-test will fail here.

  • Anjali Iyer

    Got the wrong tool, right colour. So 2%? Hmmm…unsure.

  • Ketan


    What was the point of this test? It did not provide me even comic relief! :(

    I happen to be in the 2%, which seems to be at least the 20 % in this comments’ section. :)

  • TiredProf

    98% get tricked into completing such tests. 2% laugh them away.

  • vinay

    Red Spanner :D

  • Akshar

    I did think of Hammer but in my case color was blue.

  • Akshar

    I suggest the spiral dynamics quizes instead. They are far more accurate and meaningful.

  • hUmDiNgEr

    I got a different color… 2%??

  • jjreddick

    Test says I am in 2%… I must be different… ;)

  • alok jain

    Both are correct for me i am in 98%

  • Straight Face

    Blue Hammer.
    I thought most people would pick blue – the screen colour.

  • seadog4227

    Addition took a few seconds each.
    Thought of a steel-black set of pliers.
    Am I an uncertified nut?

  • A

    I thought of a pink screwdriver.
    must be the drink i had last night…

  • Abhijat

    Yippie … I got all the sums right :-) .

  • Dinesh

    See how David Blaine reads your Mind.
    Especially about the 2 digit number between 10 and 50 with odd and different digits.

    I think a carpenter taking a test would say a brown saw as an answer. Nothing special in this.

  • Venkat

    I don’t understand how I too thought of a red hammer… *##**%*%*%(#.. :) )

  • Satya

    I am a 2% guy! I thought of the colour blue and a Drilling machine …

  • Amitabh Ranjan

    Purely, statistics.
    Red & Hammer are common colors/tools thought of by a major percentage of the population (offhand responses – not calculated ones)

    If it was cars it would be Maruti in India (maybe in silver/red/white which sell most) or maybe Ford in US etc.

  • Yoga

    I am in the 2%. Abnormal!

  • AP Keshari

    Yes Dr Dey, I too fall in the same category as you and rest of the majority!
    The “hammer” thought came to me instantly, and then i actually thought of blue but for some reason ‘red hammer’ made more sense!

    My take is that the series of arithmetic exercises programmed our brains to think in a predictable, linear, “schooled” mode. Closed out any creative/out-of-box thinking possibility.

  • Prasanth Prabhu

    Color = red /Tool = Spanner – so neither there nor here !!

  • Maddy

    I am amound the 2% apparently, I guess this means I really am wierd

  • Stephanie

    Ha, I was amoung those who actually do think differently than most. I always knew my brain was different.

  • Aakriti Sunderum

    umm…. confusion
    i first saw a complete image of hammer which was brown and its metalic part was shining. so hammer and brown.
    but then 2 sec later i changed it to hammer and red.
    where do i lie exactly???