In order to get some more background, Dan asked us to do a Perceptual Style Test, about how we describe the world. We were supposed to describe a photo that we saw in five minutes, and the algorithm would tell us more about ourselves! Here were my result. Apparently, I should be an artist or diplomat, or a fake vegetarian…
|Words on the label: Verbal thinking
|Colors and text: Visual sensitivity
|Bottle contents: Functional thinking
|The bottle itself: Tactile sensitivity
|Light and shadow: Contextual thinking
Words on the label: Verbal thinking. People who score high on this dimension tend to focus on the label and what the words actually say. They often report that the letters Oza and Ka referred to Ozarka and that “Thirst Quencher” could be seen on the blue background. Your score is about average. You probably mentioned a couple of the broad features of the words on the label but didn’t dwell on them. [I don’t actually agree here: my score looks much higher than the average… must be a bug somewhere]
Colors and text: Visual sensitivity. Some people are particularly sensitive to colors and styles associated with writing. People who score high on the visual sensitivity dimension tend to write about colors of the text as well as the backgrounds. Your score on this dimension is close to the average. You are drawn to colors and have a passing interest in layout and design.
Bottle contents: Functional thinking. The purpose of a water bottle is to hold water. Duh. People who score high on this dimension focus on the bottle as a container of something. In other words, they are thinking about the function of the bottle. Your language use in describing the bottle suggests that you are someone who is in the healthy range of functional thinking. You can look at a picture of a water bottle and consider what is inside it. You don’t dwell on it. You sound pretty healthy to me.
The bottle itself: Tactile sensitivity. Someone who is high in tactile sensitivity likes to touch things. They appreciate the surface, texture, and contours of objects and people. They have an appreciation of the dimensionality of objects. In describing the bottle, high scorers paid attention to the surface and contour of the bottle itself, perhaps thinking of it like a sculpture. Your writing suggests that you have a healthy appreciation of form. In looking at the bottle, you may have mentioned its surface structure, imagining how it would feel in your hands. You are a normal human being along this dimension.
Light and shadow: Contextual thinking. If you look closely at the picture of the bottle, you will see that the lighting casts a shadow on the table through the bottle. People who wrote about this tended to score highly on this dimension. As you can see in the table, your score indicates that you are significantly more appreciative of context than most people. You are able to sense the role of light, depth, and perspective in viewing the bottle. Your artistic sensibilities and broad perspective hints that you could become an artist, a diplomat, or one of those fake vegetarians who eat fish.
Date/Time: 10 September 2014, 4:11 pm
Your bottle description: It’s a clear plastic water bottle with a red label sitting on a white surface, against a whitish background. the surface is a paler white, while the background looks like it’s discoloured over time. It’s cream, but partway up, about where the bottle seems to narrow, the cream deepens: you can actually see a line where the colour change starts, sort of like the line you see left by the tides on buildings in Venice. The bottle is a cheap plastic cylinder with gripping and decorational indentations all over. About two-thirds of the way up, it starts narrowing into a neck, ending in a white cap. The label, which is only around the middle third of the bottle is red and covered in text. I can’t read the whole title, except that it looks like “Oz”. There seems to be an image as well, but as the bottle is turned slightly I can only see part of the image. The bottle is only partially filled with watwe. I think only the bottom fifth is filled. Light is reflected and refracted through and off the bottle at various locations. Particularly strong reflections appear on the conical neck. The bottle also cast a shadow behind and the the left of it (considering the viewer’s left and right) and this shadow starts dark and becomes fainter. Refracted light also creates a bright spot in the shadow. Below the white cap, there’s a small thin white band, the kind used tens