Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Final 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 was winning the battle for control of Whitman's behavior in Eagleman's analogy?
(a) Love versus hate.
(b) Logic versus emotions.
(c) Religion versus science.
(d) Whitman's aggressive zombie programs.

2. How did Whitman die?
(a) Electrical shock.
(b) Lightening.
(c) Falls out of a tower.
(d) Shot by the police.

3. What did an autopsy of Whitman find?
(a) He was drunk when he died.
(b) He was severely abused as a child.
(c) He had a brain tumor.
(d) He was on ten different types of medicins.

4. To what do human beings seem to be predisposed without prior learning?
(a) To want to understand what motivates our desires.
(b) To be attracted to faces.
(c) To understand what motivates our desires.
(d) To be attracted to voices.

5. What assumption is at the core of the American legal system?
(a) That some people's insanity is not their fault.
(b) That there are some people who can choose no other than a life of crime.
(c) That some people are genetically insane.
(d) That we each have free will.

6. What do newborns seem to recognize?
(a) The feel of their mothers' skin.
(b) The smell of their mothers.
(c) Their existence as separate from others around them.
(d) The sound of their mothers' voices.

7. From what was Alex suffering at the time?
(a) Depression.
(b) Serious headaches.
(c) Eczema.
(d) Delusions of grandeur.

8. Which actor does Eagleman discuss at the opening of this chapter?
(a) Jimmy Stewart.
(b) John Wayne.
(c) Brad Pitt.
(d) Mel Gibson.

9. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to the senses in a human being?
(a) Senses have limits but the conscious mind does not.
(b) Neither have limits.
(c) Senses do not have limits but the conscious mind does.
(d) Both have limits.

10. What does Chapter 4 explore?
(a) The limits to our conscious thinking.
(b) The ways our conscious thinking get us in trouble.
(c) How the conscious and unconscious minds can be complementary.
(d) The limits to our unconscious thinking.

11. What has a role in how genetic tendencies might be expressed?
(a) If the genes are from the paternal or maternal side of the child.
(b) A person's upbringing and environment.
(c) Whether a trigger is there to activate a bad behavior gene.
(d) Which genes are recessive versus dominant.

12. What does Eagleman say about the question as to whether the actor is racist or not?
(a) If the question could be answered, we'd all be in trouble for the way we think.
(b) The question is fairly black and white.
(c) The question is rhetorical and not important.
(d) The question is more complex than either/or.

13. What does the amygdala regulate?
(a) Breathing.
(b) Emotions such as aggression and fear.
(c) Logical thought processes.
(d) Emotions such as love and joy.

14. What disease does Eagleman mention in support of his argument about free will?
(a) Schizophrenia.
(b) Tourette's Syndrome.
(c) OCD.
(d) Autism.

15. What are two competing aspects of the brain which Eagleman mentions?
(a) Rational and psychological.
(b) Emotional and psychological.
(c) Rational and irrational.
(d) Rational and emotional.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one routine in charge of?

2. What does the nature of the debate about the drunken actor illustrate according to Eagleman?

3. What does Eagleman say we cannot think?

4. What studies does Eagleman look at in this chapter?

5. What does Eagleton think many sub-routines of our mind are doing?

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