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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 is something the brain has to learn?
(a) Moving electrical impulses.
(b) Making contacts among synapses.
(c) Seeing.
(d) Thinking.

2. What does each human brain cell contain in its entirety?
(a) The human genome.
(b) A way to produce energy.
(c) A way to process information.
(d) A way to manufacture food.

3. What is the point of the exercise Eagleman has readers perform?
(a) To see how many will accept directions from a book.
(b) To show that the eyes visualize one thing while the brain carries it out another way.
(c) To understand the we do many things unconsciously that are difficult to recreate with the conscious mind.
(d) To show that scribing geometric forms without a point of reference is almost impossible.

4. Of what is the phenomenon of depth being stimulated on a flat page an example?
(a) The hand is quicker than the eye.
(b) Third dimension painting.
(c) Magic.
(d) Optical illusions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who cannot immediately discern depth and movement as someone who has had vision since birth?

2. What is difficult to do when it comes to sorting young chickens?

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

4. What tells us that we experience the world as it actually exists?

5. What does the novice sorter eventually do in order to become an expert sorter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the point of the experiment that Eagleman suggests the reader try?

4. How does Eagleman offer an analogy of one's awareness to a newspaper headline?

5. What is one way to measure how our unconscious minds affect our conscious thinking without our even knowing it?

6. What is seeing and what is the most important aspect of seeing?

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

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

9. What does Eagleman say about how vision works?

10. What is one example Eagleman gives of how one reacts to something before the person is even aware of the situation?

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