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. From what does Eagleman say our ultimate behavior springs?
(a) As a result of our individual intelligence.
(b) As a result of values taught to us at a young age.
(c) As a result of the biological balance within our brain.
(d) As a result of the physical and emotional working in conjunction with each other.

2. What question does Eagleman pose about the actor?
(a) Which is the real man--the bigot or the one who seems sorry for his actions.
(b) If the actor learned his bigotry as a child.
(c) If the actor learned his bigotry from society in general.
(d) How much of the actor's life was impacted by the incident.

3. What assumption does Eagleman dismiss?
(a) That the brain is able to heal itself of most problems.
(b) That all people are equally equipped to make sound and rational decisions.
(c) That the brain's health affects intelligence.
(d) That people have control over their behavior not matter what.

4. How much of the wavelengths of light do our eyes see?
(a) Mostly the middle 1/3.
(b) Only a small portion.
(c) Most of it.
(d) Mostly the bands at either end.

5. Why does Eagleman think people find the second puzzle easier to solve?
(a) Most people more easily process information framed it in a social context.
(b) They had practice with the first puzzle and it was in their unconscious.
(c) They were told the second puzzle was easier.
(d) They were told the first puzzle was easier.

6. How does Eagleman compare thinking with seeing?
(a) Both involve the right brain.
(b) There are thoughts that we cannot think, just as there are wavelengths of light we cannot see.
(c) Neither are infallible.
(d) Both involve the same area of the left brain.

7. What does Eagleman say is difficult?
(a) Understanding and accepting that much of our minds is inaccessible to our conscious selves.
(b) Believing that our unconscious is so aware.
(c) Knowing that we have very little true free will.
(d) Believing that our unconscious is so unaware.

8. How does Eagleman explain the phenomenon as to how men made their choices in the experiment?
(a) Men are attracted to women who have the same ethnic looks as themselves.
(b) It goes back to the early history of humankind.
(c) It is socially ingrained from advertisements.
(d) The cars that men chose were the ones that had the most attractive women standing by them.

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

10. How old was Charles Whitman when he died?
(a) 44.
(b) 25.
(c) 15.
(d) 21.

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

12. What does Eagleman say the majority of criminals are?
(a) Helpless victims of their brain chemistry.
(b) Male.
(c) Female.
(d) Unbalanced in their psychological state.

13. What is hard wired into our brains?
(a) Things such as breathing and digestion.
(b) Only the survival instinct.
(c) Nothing is actually hard wired into our brains.
(d) Much of what motivates us and drives our behavior.

14. What does Eagleman say we cannot think?
(a) There is nothing we cannot think.
(b) Some thoughts.
(c) Something that is contrary to the implicit ego.
(d) Abstract ideas in a third dimension.

15. What happens when a rat is presented with a similar dilemma as the one in question 129?
(a) It often runs around in a circle.
(b) It gnaws on its leg.
(c) It is incapable of any action.
(d) It often lies down and dies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has a role in how genetic tendencies might be expressed?

2. What does the logic puzzle that Eagleman challenges readers with involve?

3. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to the senses in a human being?

4. What did the group do with the arresting record?

5. To what do human beings seem to be predisposed without prior learning?

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