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

David Eagleman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the novice sorter eventually do in order to become an expert sorter?
(a) Feel the difference in feather softness.
(b) Internalize the task.
(c) Close their eyes and hear the difference.
(d) Intuit the difference with their minds.

4. To what does the author compare a single brain cell in its complexity?
(a) A maze.
(b) A village.
(c) A city.
(d) A ball team.

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

6. At what age does Mike May lose his vision?
(a) 5.
(b) 3.
(c) 12.
(d) 7.

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

8. To what are innumerable facets of ourselves linked?
(a) The circulatory system.
(b) The nervous system.
(c) The limbic system.
(d) The heart and brain.

9. What does Eagleman say about the ability to sort?
(a) It is related to the ability to draw.
(b) It eventually becomes automatic and becomes an unconscious process.
(c) You either have the ability at the very beginning or you can never learn it.
(d) It is related to the ability to reason abstractly.

10. How complex is the human brain?
(a) Almost unfathomably complex.
(b) Fairly simple.
(c) Parts are simple and parts are somewhat complex.
(d) No one knows.

11. When do major league baseball players begin their swing while batting?
(a) As soon as the brain processes the sound of the ball's approach.
(b) The instant they hear the ball leave the pitcher's hand.
(c) Before the brain has time to visually process the ball.
(d) As soon as the brain has time to visually process the ball.

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

13. What indicates a state of sexual arousal in women?
(a) Lack of focus.
(b) Closed eyes.
(c) It varies individual to individual.
(d) Dilated eyes.

14. What tells us that we experience the world as it actually exists?
(a) Our intuition.
(b) Our previous experiences.
(c) Our knowledge.
(d) Our senses.

15. What does each brain cell send to other cells?
(a) Oxygen.
(b) Electrical impulses.
(c) Messages for interpretation.
(d) Food.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do most people perform the motion on question number 62?

2. What is meant by "implicit egotism"?

3. What is something the brain has to learn?

4. How is what a person likes determined?

5. What does an experiment that has people associate words such as "like" or "dislike" measure?

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