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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 studies does Eagleman look at in this chapter?
(a) Studies that look at what people seem to find attractive in others.
(b) Studies about how one distinguishes one taste from another.
(c) Studies about how one distinguishes one smell from another.
(d) Studies about how the brain processes input.

2. What does Eagleman say a man named Alex started demonstrating?
(a) An unusual musical talent.
(b) A significant change in his sexual preferences.
(c) A significant change in his television habits.
(d) An unusual mathematical talent.

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

4. What does Eagleman say we are at the mercy of?
(a) Medical advancements.
(b) Our own upbringing.
(c) Fate.
(d) The unconscious workings of our minds.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the orbitofrontal cortex?

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

3. What did some commentators say about the incident with the actor?

4. What is an animal's ability to choose a course from among competing options and act accordingly?

5. What assumption is at the core of the American legal system?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the physical division in the brain and what can happen if the two hemispheres are severed.

2. Does Eagleman think genetics or upbringing has more to bear on one's actions and does he think it is an important question?

3. What does Eagleman write about Kenneth Parks?

4. What does Chapter 4 explore?

5. What incident does Eagleman discuss concerning Mel Gibson?

6. What happens when the frontal cortex is damaged?

7. What comparison of thought to wavelengths does Eagleman make?

8. What does a team of rivals have to do with the brain?

9. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to our senses?

10. What does Eagleman say about our ability to perceive light versus that of insects?

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