Exercise Your Brain: Invert the Side of Your Mouse-Pad

By Daniel Scocco

It is going to be tough to sell this tip as a blogging one, but I will try!

Most people have an unequal distribution of motor skills between the hands (and legs). That is, they have a dominant hand which is used to write and to accomplish other tasks that require precision.

Scientists have not fully explained what causes some people to be right-handed, and others to be left-handed, but the most accepted theories agree that the explanation is connected to the part of the brain that controls our functions.

By inverting the side of your mouse-pad, you will force yourself to use your non-dominant hand. This, in turn, will stimulate the neural connections between the right and left hemispheres on your brain.

The result? A larger number of nerve fibers connecting your left and right brain hemispheres (this is scientifically proven).

So how come is this related to blogging?

Well, first of all I am sure that all of you use a mouse on a daily basis. Secondly, you also use your brain on a daily basis (hopefully), even to research and write your blog posts. If by using this tip you manage to exercise your brain, therefore, you could indirectly increase the quality of your posts.

Quod erat demonstrandum! (that is a Latin expression for “As we wanted to demonstrate”)



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37 Responses to “Exercise Your Brain: Invert the Side of Your Mouse-Pad”

  • Napster

    Doesn’t work if you have a right-handed ergonomic mouse.

  • SEO Genius

    Interesting, i have been reading up on a lot of scientific based theories the past couple of days and stumbled upon this one. That explained that if you were used to writing articles or such things on the computer reverting to using a pen and paper would stimulate certain brain cells or nerves that you would think better and overall create a better article. I cant find the article that explained this but it was really good.

  • Young

    So, I would like to delevope a mouse-pad which is fixed in the air, so that you can train your brain when you are keyin.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Napster, what is different on that mouse?

    @SEO Genius, interesting idea to shift to pen and paper once a while.

    @Young, I didn’t get that ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • Pavan Kumar

    I have already tried it long back and re shifted my mouse to dominant position… Let me try it again… Thanks for reminding….

  • Bilingual Blogger

    Changing up these little routines are a fantastic way to exercise the brain. Something as small as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand is another example of a little thing that can rewire your brain.

    @SEO Genius, I’d love to read that article you mentioned. If you recall any further details, please post. Thanks.

  • Brad Blogging.com – Personal Blog Tips And Blog Help

    You misspelled “Shift” in your comment Daniel.. Provided me with a chuckle.

    Anyhow, I’ve been using this method since I read this post and it’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would of been.

  • pinoy jobs

    very very helpful article! thanks!

  • Saurav

    Will be trying for few days………
    lets see what the results are

  • Sherrie St. Cyr

    Using a laptop makes this one pretty easy – nothing to move, just use the left hand instead of the right one.

  • Writer Dad

    Dude, I love this idea. I see no reason not to try.

  • Rarst

    Interesting advice but I use lots of shortcuts that fit left hand. Makes sense since most people are right handed and software designs takes notice of that.

    May stimulate my brain but kill my productivity. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steve Hall

    If Logitech would market a left-handed version of the MX Revolution, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, if there is such a mouse, I’ve not seen it. With three buttons, including a second wheel, that fit under the right thumb, reversing is out of the question.

    When I used a trackball, I generally used it with my left hand (I’m right-handed) without any trouble at all.

  • Curtis McElroy

    This is not in reference to using the mouse; however, taking the time, routinely, in the morning and practice writing with your nondominant hand (drawing, taking notes, writing down websites you want to remember, etc.) may help improve your creativity.

  • Blogging Millionaire

    Sounds like an awesome idea! I’ll be sure to try.

  • infmom

    I can mouse equally well with either hand–having a left-handed resident of the house whose computer needs unscrambling from time to time helps with that–but on my desk I have a Logitech wheel trackball that cannot be used with the left hand, unless you want to try manipulating the ball with your pinky.

  • Pink Ink

    Tried it, and it was kind of funny watching my cursor zoom all over the place.

    Good concept, though, to go outside of comfort zone. I’m sure anything you try in a new way stimulates your creativity.

  • rjani

    Well, to be honest, it was a very weak try to relate it to blogging ๐Ÿ˜€
    But I really liked the post and I’ll give it a try thanks, maybe it’ll help me at the university… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cath Lawson

    Hi Daniel – This sounds like an interesting experiment. I don’t have a mouse but I guess I could use my left hand on the laptop instead of my right.

  • ChrisS

    I can see your point but it makes me miserable to try the other hand. Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm left handed and I broke my left arm when I was a kid and was forced to learn how to write with my right hand. This was painful to learn but after 30 years I can still pull it off today.

    Best regards,
    ChrisS

  • Andre Thomas

    Well, I’d like to try it but I’m using an ergonomic mouse. That means the buttons are positioned vertically. If you switched to your left hand, you can’t click it!

  • Dan @ PowerDosh.com

    I’ve found that I’m ambidextrous with a mouse on a PC. I don’t find that I’m any more creative as a result. However, I have noticed that if I don’t use my brain for a while, the ideas stop flowing. So I try to keep my mind busy.

  • Saurav

    very hard to try when you are a gamer and harder still when using logitech mx518

  • Umut Yurtseven

    i tried to do this ๐Ÿ˜€

    first, it was hard but later come quick and easy (:

    do you think i become smarter?

    i dont think so (:

    thnx for this useful tip.

  • Barbara Faison

    Good thought. I just switched mine over. You should be able to change the mouse buttons in control panel to have it work with the index finger as the primary button.

    I think it is great to try things like this. I salsa dance and sometimes the guys will switch with the hand they lead with and it is very weird but another way to exercise your brain.

    Thanks for a great tip. Just have to get used to doing things slower.

  • Hank Fox

    Another benefit of switching is that it also redistributes the physical stress on your wrists, etc.

    I’ve found that it isn’t that hard to change.

  • Malcolm Bastien

    Ya this is a bit old, but still a pretty tried method. When I and people I know have tried it, at the end of a day at the computer there is a noticeable different in how you feel (beside some minor strain in your weak hand).

    Typically all these sorts of “brain-hacks” work well enough to adopt, such as taking a different walking path to work everyday, because I lot focus on just breaking routine habits.

  • C. Ray

    I tried this a couple of years ago, and it’s the best thing I ever did!! I also upgraded to a track ball and switched my mouse buttons to be a mirror image of a righty mouse.

    It hasn’t “trained” my left hand to be able to write, but it has had these benefits:
    -I actually find myself reaching for things with my left hand equally as often as my right, whereas before I’d reach OVER my left to grab something.
    -I have a free hand to take any notes I need to.
    -it’s fun watching people try to use my computer. They can never figure out how to use it. Even the IT PEOPLE! I always have to change it back to righty. (I may be a bit evil, but I think it’s funny that I have to change something so simple for the IT people to be able to do all their “fancy” stuff.)

  • Avenues_Nepal

    I hurt my right while trying to lift a heavy couch.. so for a week i had to use my left hand.. It was really frustrating at first not to be able to balance a spoon.. my sister was very encouraging at this time. SHe assured me that using my left hand will stimulate my right side of the brain.. so i tried typing as well as using the mouse with my left hand.. in no time i got good at it and hopefully my non working part of the brain got some exercise.. I still can’t write with my left hand.. I tried it and I think i wrote worse than a 2 year old ๐Ÿ˜›

  • M Fell

    What if I am left handed and already do most everything else either right handed or with both hands (switch hitter, eat with both hands, and can write legibly with right hand). Will switching over to mouse with my left hand still be stimulating?

  • Vanessa

    I fractured my right wrist abt 7 weeks back, nasty stuff. Had a surgery last week. Cannot use my right hand for 8 more weeks, and after that, start with therapy. Will be using the left hand for 4 more months approx.
    Even though the left hand is controlled by right brain, does use of left hand really stimulate the right brain?? I doubt it.
    Surprisingly i did not have much trouble with using left hand. I could eat properly, type, groom with my left hand pretty easily. Wonder which hand I’ll use when the right is back on track?

  • medyum

    This is not in reference to using the mouse; however, taking the time, routinely, in the morning and practice writing with your nondominant hand (drawing, taking notes, writing down websites you want to remember, etc.) may help improve your creativity.

  • pragyan

    I use a different technique to exercise my right brain.
    I play a lot of PC games ,so i invert the controls every now and then,
    For example: If i play a car racing game, I use my left hand for accelerator,brake,steer left ,steer right and use right hand for shifting gears.

  • CJ

    This really does help. To routinize it I’ve established alternating “left” and “right” days throughout my week. Also, since my dominant hand is right, I give both weekend days to left. This goes for writing, teeth brushing, opening doors, remote control, mouse pad, holding dog’s leash, eating, anything. It really works; I’ve always been more artistically-inclined and even have a theatre degree, but I recently became interested in mathematics and so began taking classes. Now I’m getting a mathematics graduate degree. Since doing these exercises I’ve found even the most abstruse concepts in my graduate mathematics courses easy to follow. These small steps every day really pay off and add up. We have the most complicated and powerful computer yet known housed inside our skulls, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of its potential.

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