NeuroPQ Inventory

Welcome to the NeuroPQ! This inventory will help you determine your Neurological Performance Quotient.

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Each of the sixty descriptions below corresponds to a region of the neocortex, which is that big outer layer of the brain that is quintessentially human and the seat of conscious thought.

You can access all your brain's regions. However, you rely on some regions more than others, sometimes with significant impact, particularly when interacting with other people.

Think of each brain region as an actor playing one part (among many) on your psyche's stage. As you read, rate how often each region comes into play for you during a typical day. Only a neurological scan can truly reveal your brain's patterns. That's why the descriptions are more than one-line statements, to make it easier for you to introspect accurately.

You will receive a profile at the end. Your profile will be adjusted ("normalized") against an average person, so try to use the full spectrum of options from "Rarely Use" to "Often Use". When you find yourself doing some of what a region offers, but not all, indicate a middle rating.

The process takes 20 to 30 minutes. Now, let's start!

Region Fp1-ext Skills

1) Quick Decider

You rapidly make decisions. Given several options — where to eat, what to buy — you quickly and confidently select one. Like a doubtless company executive, you decide based on what's known, trusting it will work. Often the choice is effective, though not always. Sometimes you may decide one way and do another!

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

2) Optimistic Achiever

You happily filter out distractions. You ignore unlikely obstacles, criticism, and ideas irrelevant to the task at hand. Research links this region to productivity and happiness, but at the price of a less examined life. Thus, when presented with chances to reflect, you prefer to go to the next practical task to get work done.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

3) Confident Organizer

You stay confident. You propose and pursue goals, take healthy pride in your achievements, and focus on capabilities and potential. You often climb to leadership positions or, conversely, go it alone because a group-first mindset does not suit you. You may harbor a grand master plan or high self-importance.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region Fp1-int Skills

4) Alert Gatekeeper

You notice errors and mistakes. You quickly detect what doesn't fit a norm or expectation and feel driven to make corrections. An error could in spelling, use of a theory, or whatever. You feel discomfort or anxious until all errors are gone. The upside of perfectionism is accurate work and perpetual improvement.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

5) Facile Explainer

You easily form explanations. When asked about an opinion or choice — or why an event occurred — you speedily compose a reasonable-sounding answer. You are quick and convincing with little need to stop to reason. Sometimes, after scrutiny, some explanations prove to be strange, not possible or overly convenient.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

6) Principled Clarifier

You hold strongly to ideas or principles that you have patiently thought out. You understand situations and make choices in light of those, aiming for consistency. Clarifying can take time and focus, talking through, and theorizing or philosophizing. You may dismiss what contradicts or falls outside of what you've seriously worked out.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region Fp2-ext Skills

7) Adaptable Enthusiast

You enjoy novelty, brainstorming, surprises, opportunities, and fresh ideas. You keep scanning for whatever is new and interesting, juggle and enjoy multiple activities at once, and are enthusiastic for fresh intellectual and sensory data. Sometimes, you may seem careless, off-task, off-topic, hesitant to finish, or indulgent.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

8) Authentic Face

You show a variety of facial expressions. You convey your energy and intent in a natural, authentic, trustworthy way without self-consciousness. You easily give a warm smile, cold grimace, or look of surprise, disbelief, curiosity, anger, or so forth. You find it hard to keep a poker-face to hide your true reactions and intentions.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

9) Group Facilitator

You are a natural egalitarian, a team member. You consider the goals, achievements, and potential of everyone, which generally manifests as support for the group as a whole over any one person. You feel a strong need for consensus, with planning and credit going to the group, rather than individualistic self-promotion.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region Fp2-int Skills

10) Process Monitor

You easily navigate and complete tasks. You often track which step you are on. Or, during open-ended activities, you pick and stick to reference points to monitor where you are: the start, middle, or end. When asked to brainstorm, you know when to finish rather than stopping early or going endlessly. You can be pretty structured.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

11) Reflective Contemplator

You stay open to new information, including distractions and criticism, and you delve deeply into feedback without anger or denial. When presented with chances to apply an idea to oneself, you self-reflect and perhaps alter your behavior. Research links this region to self-awareness, but also mild depression.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

12) Fortuitous Creator

You do many projects, often discovering better or new ways to go about doing things. There is experimenting, tweaking, trial periods, and test-runs. You let results guide you. You incorporate what you learn and may hit upon a new method, neat design, or fresh performance. Sometimes, your results are random, unreliable or odd.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region F3 Skills

13) Deductive Thinker

You relentlessly follow a chain of reasoning. For example, "If A is true, and A causes C, then C will also be true." You may do this quietly or out-loud. Using deduction, you pursue lines of thought or backtrack to correct reasoning errors. Logic may fail if the facts are wrong, and emotions and intuitions are not so logical.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

14) Objective Reader

You judiciously, objectively analyze what you read and hear based purely on what is stated. Similar to taking a reading comprehension test, you analyze meaning in a dispassionate, logical way to precisely follow the logic of the ideas presented. Thus, you easily understand people who use long, complex sentences.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

15) Technical Planner

You adeptly arrange actions, ideas, and words in a precise, efficient sequence. As part of this, you may use a day-planner or to-do lists, generate outlines before writing, and lay in place needed materials before starting something. Or you may do much of this in your head. Sometimes you are too structured.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region F4 Skills

16) Expert Classifier

You accurately classify data and concepts by testing them against many categories at once to find a best-fit. Is a dolphin a fish or something else? You often link concepts to form complex and subtle mental models in a way that is both analytical and holistic. You may struggle to explain concepts that feel interrelated.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

17) Witty Humorist

You appreciate subtle humor and know when a joke, pun or other turn of phrase or odd idea is actually funny: "Nostalgia isn't what it used to be," and "I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness." You just "get" conceptual humor and can ad-lib your own zingers and retorts.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

18) Metaphor Fount

You are good with metaphors. You easily infer meanings and emotions suggested by language and context. Rather than interpret things literally, you quickly "get" what is implied, subjective, and/or subtly hinted at. Similarly, in your own language, you craft rich, suggestive metaphors and weave in extra meanings.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region F7 Skills

19) Uncanny Mimic

You easily imitate people, which helps you quickly establish rapport, learn by watching, and infer others' needs. This involves mirroring behavior, either of a person in front of you or in your mind's eye. Thus, you seem sociable and a quick learner. However, you may over-rely on others and struggle to work alone.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

20) Idea Multitasker

You easily work on multiple ideas at once, holding them all in your head. You may visualize an example of what you're thinking of, as a prompt, holding on to it and using it to generate answers or options. You flow with multiple conversations at once. Sometimes, you may lose the main idea of find it inadequate.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

21) Imaginative Dreamer

You have a quick, creative mind's eye. You easily complete analogies, visualize what-if scenarios, and/or dream up alternate worlds. Also, you may imaginatively fill in details. What did you see at a crime scene? Or what did someone say while your attention drifted? You quickly fill in the blanks with what's likely.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region F8 Skills

22) Secure Believer

You are secure in your identity, beliefs, and attitudes: your likes, dislikes, and ideological leanings including loved-ones, religious beliefs, and favorite activities, foods, and objects. Who is your second best friend? Do you believe in an afterlife? You hold surely to what is right, wrong or in between regardless of the situation.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

23) Reliable Archivist

You recall details with high fidelity. For example, if you witness a car accident, you can surely report exactly what you really witnessed rather than what is typical or likely for the situation. You avoid filling in the blanks with guesses, and you somewhat mistrust imagination, day-dreaming, and inference-making.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

24) Modest Censor

You are realistic, grounded, modest, and socially restrained. You trust what is tangible and prudent. You don't get carried away with delusions of grander, get-rich schemes or bizarre thinking, and you avoid cursing, lewdness, and promiscuity. You remain a steady, temperate realist who is sensible and decent.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region C3 Skills

25) Factual Draftsperson

You have exacting hand-eye coordination. You are likely skilled at drawing charts, tables, diagrams, floor plans, and/or you excel at fine-motor tasks such as knitting, tying knots, sewing, using shop tools, and so on. Whatever your favored tasks, you are accurate with measurements and easily work "inside the lines".

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

26) Exact Empiricist

You accurately recall numeric facts such as dates, times, dollars, percentages, and measurements. Also, you can quickly estimate values based on available facts and figures. Thus, your thinking is grounded in empirical data and you trust what you can measure, though what's measurable or factual may not be enough.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

27) Orderly Marcher

You move confidently with clockwork efficiency. You deftly execute action steps with your whole body, such as repeating a sequence of moves for a dance or in a game or on an assembly line. You easily follow a template or rule set without much thinking or looking. Your body language is firm, focused, and predictable.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region C4 Skills

28) Flowing Artist

You draw, paint, color, cartoon, sculpt or otherwise use your hands in a flowing, spontaneous, and artistic manner. Through your hands, you convey an alluring mix of emotions, thoughts, images, and feelings that hang together in a compelling, natural, holistic way. You easily allow forms to come alive on their own.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

29) Aesthetic Cache

With vividness and accuracy, you recall the aesthetic qualities of people, places, and objects. For example, when asked to recall a beautiful place, you easily retrieve the whole landscape as if you were there again. Mostly, your thinking is grounded in the artistic quality of experiences rather than the facts they provide.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

30) Seductive Dancer

You move smoothly with your whole body to gracefully express yourself. Your moves are unplanned and unpredictable yet feel natural and right, such that you can hypnotize others with your free-form dancing to improvised rhythms. Generally, your body language is casual and alluring, even seductive, without trying.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region T3 Skills

31) Focused Listener

You listen with concentration. You patiently attend to people as they talk, even for long periods of time, and rarely if ever tune them out. You learn from lectures and discussions, and recall what others say such that you solidly "get" information just from words and rarely need to inquire later about what was said.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

32) Verbal Mnemonic

You focus on the content of speech, listening with a grammarian's precision to notice how use of a specific word changes a meaning. You appreciate crisp enunciation and diction. Also, you easily sort words into categories, such as picking which word — among cat, dog, log, and mouse — does not go with the others.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

33) Technical Musician

You hear music in a technical, precise way. You easily pick out notes, chords, modes, and other aspects of music. When playing music, singing or both, you stay in pitch, follow a precise meter, predict what notes come next, and so forth. Music is a serious language for you beyond mere pleasant entertainment.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region T4 Skills

34) Intuitive Listener

You hear voice tone, melody, and accents, and you easily notice and infer others' emotions and motives through their pace, volume, and intonation. Is a speaker or song angry, happy, sarcastic, genuine, stressed, tired or what? Also, you easily hear and hum melodies, recall melodies, and vary your voice tone to amuse or deceive listeners.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

35) Ethical Arbiter

You consider the ethics of our own and others' actions. You compare motives against the larger situation and actual outcome in order to determine the moral rightness (or not) of one's actions. For example, cheating on a test is likely not okay due to bad intent while a thief who steels medicine to save a loved-one could be okay.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

36) Irritable Opponent

You are easily irritated or annoyed, mostly when you perceive a violation to your values, feel inconvenienced, or detect bad intentions. You may get verbally hostile especially to oppose someone who is deceitful or getting away with harming others. You often feel better after working out your aggression physically.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region T5 Skills

37) Appealing Dandy

You like romance and excel at it. In situations where romance or sex are possibilities, you act appropriately to get started in a comfortable way. Thus, dating, relating, and intimacy are easy for you. Also, you enjoy a healthy libido and never act in an off-putting, bizarre manner, such as indiscriminate sexual advances.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

38) Social Conformist

You quickly adjust to others' expectations, judgments, and needs. When you receive negative feedback — whether verbal, visual or physical — you feel embarrassment or shame, prompting you to shift your behavior to get positive feedback. You can get caught up in pleasing others and conforming to social expectations.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

39) Sensitive Observer

You notice and analyze facial expressions — such as the meaning of an approving nod or dissenting frown — and when you don't get any cues, you are curious what others are thinking or feeling. You are really attentive, always watching for hints of feedback. You likely easily analyze animal's expressions too.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region T6 Skills

40) Willful Futurist

You often consider multiple time lines. You project what will happen, what didn't happen, what might happen, and/or what should happen. You weigh these possibilities when planning, maybe worrying about bad future outcomes, regretting past choices, or feeling relief over good choices and pathways into the future.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

41) Symbol Seeker

You notice and recall visual patterns. A pattern might be literal, such as a city's geometric skyline at dusk or the layout of elements in a flag. Or a pattern might be abstract, such as the layout of a book chapter or theoretical framework. You also easily perceive symbols, intended or not, such as a crucifix formed by a building's girders.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

42) Face Detector

You quickly recognize faces. You are drawn to faces and can identify people even after many years or with a limited view. You may see faces in clouds, objects, and landscapes. Moreover, a glance of a face reveals much to you about a person's identity, emotion, and truthfulness, though it can be hard to verbalize these intuitions.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region P3-pos Skills

43) Number Cruncher

You excel at math calculations. You rely on rote memorization, linear steps, physical practice, and reference to a mental grid. These methods are best for concrete math tasks such as multiplying and also help you use more complex operations. Moreover, this region helps you easily work from left from right (or vice versa).

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

44) Feature Labeler

You easily spot and name things, especially when they are visible or concrete. Growing up, we learn the names of what we see or use such as body parts, car models, animals, people's faces, clothing brands, and more. You focus on and find it useful to point out tell-tale features. Pointing out people's traits may cause discomfort.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

45) Rapid Reader

You read quickly. This region helps you rapidly identify letters and words by their visual-spatial arrangement and link what you see to sounds and meanings. You also easily retain what you read. When needed, you might slide your finger or a pointer under text as you go to focus your mind and further boost performance.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region P3-ant Skills

46) Tactical Navigator

You deftly navigate the physical environment. You dart around and work with moving objects in a smooth, quick way. Imagine a basketball player gaining the ball from a teammate, traveling the court, and making a shot while staying in bounds and following other rules. As part of this, you predict, intercept, and dodge with ease.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

47) Vigilant Individualist

You have a strong sense of personal space, boundaries, and individuality. You know and — as needed — defend where you end and where others and the rest of the world begin. Rarely do you feel oneness with others, society or the universe. You start interactions with skepticism and stay alert to intrusions of your privacy.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

48) Suspicious Protector

You are alert to possible threats, especially when you are in new, dangerous or uncertain situations. Mainly at such times, you strongly feel concern that someone is shadowing you: watching, following, and maybe trying to interfere. You may even feel an urge to turn around, as if someone is watching.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

49) All-Seeing Hand

You easily use objects by touch. You can rightly name objects you handle while blindfolded. You can tightly focus your awareness to shut out the rest of the world, slowing time to handle objects with precision. Thus, you rarely fumble at tasks when distracted or rushed. Your hands are like a second pair of eyes.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region P4-pos Skills

50) Decision Analyst

You often weigh pros and cons, risks and uncertainties to understand complex situations. You juggle many variables at once and calculate and compare various options versus their likely risks and rewards in order to determine an option's expected value. This process can be by gut-feel, involve playing with actual numbers, or both.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

51) Insightful Linker

You easily integrate distantly-related data to get "ah-ha" solutions. For example, "dog" and "boat" seem unrelated. But you can add a new word, "house", to get "doghouse" and "houseboat". Now consider "back", "clip", and "wall". What new word can we add to all of them? You stay open to ideas and don't get fixed on a set path or false clue.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

52) Strategic Gamer

You smartly influence situations. You quickly locate and apply leverage to get the maximum result for the least work. Often, you approach a problem indirectly, reposition yourself, play with distractions, or move proverbial chess pieces to get a surprisingly potent outcome. Your finesse occasionally backfires as you outsmart yourself.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

53) Systems Thinker

You easily foresee how a whole system such an economy, ecosystem or society will play out. This involves multiple factors, projecting and weighing times lines, and visualizing themes. You "see" broad workings, trends, and likely outcomes. You prognosticate often and accurately, though explaining foresight is tough.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region P4-ant Skills

54) Solo Athlete

You easily use your body with a physical prop or tool such as a surfboard, bicycle or pair of skates. You blend your body, the tool, and the environment with smooth artistry, to be "one with the wave". Your emergent style works best when you act alone. This region also aids daily tasks such as dressing and brushing one's hair.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

55) Body Sensate

You keenly feel inner sensations and signals from your body such as your comfort level, energy level, hunger level, and mood. You also easily know your orientation in space and your state of balance. Because of this acuity, you tend to listen to your body and dislike pushing yourself beyond your limits, though you may do so.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

56) Helpful Sympathizer

You readily feel what others feel, laughing, crying, worrying, or hoping with them. You can live in their shoes to get what they see and why. Thus, you find deep sympathetic connections and compassion. You even feel others' deep hurts as your own and may act to relieve their hardships. This can be emotionally exhausting at times.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region O1 Skills

57) Visual Engineer

You see the world as a complex mechanism. You easily mentally rotate, measure, arrange, assemble, and explode objects with a focus on their functionality. In your mind's eye, you can disassemble objects to see the components and how they work or visualize how to arrange elements to form a useful, sturdy structure.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

58) Chart Wizard

You easily read charts, floor plans, diagrams, and other precise, complex visuals. You apply structure to whatever you see, like to represent thoughts as blueprints, and can focus in on the smallest diagrammatic details. You easily follow assembly instructions. Consider, a computer's virtual desktop is a complex 2-D space.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

Region O2 Skills

59) Abstract Impressionist

You perceive and arrange themes, patterns, and relationships in photographs, paintings, and other visual media. You have a keen sense for how colors, shapes, and other elements fit aesthetically, whether for a painting, a room or a person. Note: Just as you delight in beauty, ugliness or visual disharmony disturb you.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

60) Innocent Eye

You see the ordinary world in all its rich, beautiful detail rather than as something "known" with labels and preconceptions. For example, look at your hand. Now, refocus on the spaces between your fingers to follow it contours. You notice the shadings, shadows, angles, colors, 3-D perspectives, textures, spaces, and so on.

Rarely Use <—       —> Often Use

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