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David Eagleman
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Eagleman say seeing is?
(a) An overrated skill.
(b) A complex series of lower and higher mental processes.
(c) An ability that is easy to mimic with computers.
(d) A skill that will someday be obsolete.

2. What are two examples of optical illusions?
(a) A square being a rectangle.
(b) A round circle looking elliptical.
(c) Red looking black.
(d) The apparent motion of stationary images and the apparent change in size of images when their backgrounds are changed.

3. What would happen if the people actually performed this motion in reality?
(a) The circle would most likely turn out to be more elliptical.
(b) The square would be a rectangle.
(c) The car would flip over.
(d) The car would go off the road.

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

5. 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) As soon as the brain has time to visually process the ball.
(d) Before the brain has time to visually process the ball.

Short Answer Questions

1. What indicates a state of sexual arousal in women?

2. What are those people called who sort out baby chickens by their gender?

3. What does Eagleman say about people who marry that is related to the idea of implicit egotism?

4. What is the most important part of seeing?

5. When an action becomes automatic, what part of the brain is controlling it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eagleman say the experiment with the photographs of women illustrates?

2. Who is Mike May and what happens to him?

3. What has to shift in order to fully appreciate the small role of the unconscious and to what does Eagleman compare that shift?

4. Why is it an advantage to be able to do things without the use of the conscious mind?

5. What does Eagleman say about how vision works?

6. How can the brain see without eyes and what is one way this is possible?

7. How is one's conscious mind limited and how does this make the mind more difficult to understand?

8. Why does Eagleman say it is not correct to change lanes by turning the wheel right and then straightening it out?

9. What does Eagleman say scientists continually study, and what is the result?

10. What gap does Eagleman explore in Chapter 3?

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