Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

David Eagleman
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did the subjects say about why they chose the pictures of the women that they did?
(a) Only two mentioned that they thought women's eyes were sexier dilated.
(b) They had various reasons but none mentioned dilated eyes.
(c) The men were not asked why they chose the pictures.
(d) All the men mentioned the dilated eyes.

2. How does Alberts convince one African that the native's tongue is still intact?
(a) Having the man hold his tongue and try to talk.
(b) Pulling on the tongue in question.
(c) Having the man sing.
(d) Using a mirror.

3. What do most of us notice in the world around us?
(a) That which impacts our safety.
(b) About ninety percent of what is actually there.
(c) Just when something is out of the ordinary.
(d) About ten percent of what is actually there.

4. How does the author describe parts of the brain?
(a) As self-configuring.
(b) As discrete units that can be individually programmed.
(c) As independent of each other.
(d) As radically different one from the other.

5. What do dilated eyes have to do with the experiment the author mentions?
(a) The men were more attracted to women with dilated eyes.
(b) It is a measure of the light used.
(c) Dilated eyes have nothing to do with the experiment.
(d) It is a way to tell if the participant is looking directly at the computer screen.

6. What does the author call self-healing material?
(a) Bones.
(b) The brain.
(c) Internal organs.
(d) The skin.

7. What does Eagleman say can get in the way of our efficiency?
(a) Other people's opinions.
(b) Other people's ideas of how something should be done.
(c) Being conscious of our actions.
(d) Our own tunnel vision.

8. Who cannot immediately discern depth and movement as someone who has had vision since birth?
(a) Someone who closes the eyes for more than a few seconds and then opens them.
(b) Everyone who is sighted can immediately discern depth and movement.
(c) Someone who has cataracts removed.
(d) Blind people who recover their sight.

9. What does Eagleman say has happened to complicated processes in his analogy of consciousness?
(a) The processes have been compressed into headlines.
(b) They have been compressed from novels to short stores.
(c) They have been jumbled into split images.
(d) They have been compressed to dots.

10. What were men asked to rate in an experiment the author cites?
(a) How attractive they found women's faces in photographs they are shown.
(b) The ease at drawing a simple picture they are shown.
(c) The ease at remembering names.
(d) How easy it is to solve a given problem.

11. How do photographs of different races reveal something about the mind?
(a) Prejudice can be hidden in the unconscious.
(b) The conscious mind might be prejudice but most will not acknowledge their feelings.
(c) It demonstrates how sight affects conscious choices.
(d) It shows how sight is both an unconscious and conscious action.

12. What does the amount of brain effort that vision uses indicate about vision?
(a) Vision is a very simple process of mirrors and reflections.
(b) The brain is so capable, it doesn't take much of it for any sensory input.
(c) Vision is an extremely complex process.
(d) It can take place while easily freeing the brain for other matters.

13. What happens to May after some time of having his sight back?
(a) He makes sense of the world in a different way than lifelong sighted people.
(b) He learns to make sense of the visual world.
(c) He learns to interpret the world around him except for objects in the distance.
(d) He never really adjusts and went to wearing a mask over his eyes.

14. What is meant by "implicit egotism"?
(a) The belief in psychology that the ego is not real.
(b) The tendency for most people to like themselves.
(c) The way the ego receives implied beliefs from the unconscious.
(d) The tendency for the ego to determine prejudice.

15. Why does Alberts take along a tape recorder on his journey?
(a) To tape his last moments if he is dying.
(b) To tape his observations.
(c) Because of his love of music.
(d) Because of his love of gadgetry.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the most important part of seeing?

2. How do hallways challenge May when he regains his sight?

3. What does Eagleman say about the ways to measure how our unconscious minds affect our conscious thinking?

4. How does one blind rock climber use a mechanical device to help climb?

5. What is one of the types of cells in the brain?

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