Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Final Test - Hard

David Eagleman
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 156 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
Buy the Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Lesson Plans
Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. For what was the actor in #109 arrested in 2006?

3. What was discovered about Alex's health?

4. How much of the wavelengths of light do our eyes see?

5. What does Eagleman think some people would have said about Whitman had he lived?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What incident does Eagleman discuss concerning Mel Gibson?

3. How does a rat react to conflicting choices?

4. What does Eagleman have readers consider about Whitman?

5. How does Eagleman use an example of early robotics to illustrate how the mind may be divided?

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

7. How does Eagleman interpret the incident?

8. What does Eagleman write about Kenneth Parks?

9. What does Eagleman say about the abilities of a bloodhound?

10. What does Eagleman say about free will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eagleman in writing about Mel Gibson cites anti-Semitism was demonstrated by Gibson. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define anti-Semitism and give examples of it from both Incognito and other sources.

2. Do you think anti-Semitism still exists in the United States? Explain.

3. Discuss the idea put forth by Eagleman that Mel Gibson may have two brains, one not prejudice and one that is. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Our conscious minds represent only a small part of the activity of our brains. As evidence, Eagleman refers to the common experience of reacting to something before a person is fully aware of what is happening, such as when a car backs out in front of a driver and the driver has already stepped on the brakes before he fully "sees" the other car. Major league baseball players are able to hit 100-mph fastballs even though they must begin their swing before their brains have had time to visually process the image of the approaching ball.

1. Discuss an incident in your life in which you reacted to a situation before you fully realized what the situation was and relate this to Eagleman's ideas of the unconscious reacting. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

2. Do you think Eagleman is correct that our conscious minds only represent a small part of the activity of our brains? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

3. Discuss the ways in which Eagleman's assertion about the unconscious has changed the way you view your behavior. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Eagleman presents the example of an experiment where men were shown photographs of the faces of several women and asked to rate their attractiveness. Photographs where the women's eyes had been dilated were consistently ranked as more attractive. When asked why they had chosen some women as more attractive than others, the subjects did not mention the dilated eyes as a factor, yet they clearly were. Eagleman adds that dilated pupils in a woman indicate a state of sexual arousal, suggesting that the subjects who found these photos more attractive were acting on a natural impulse of their unconscious minds.

1. Do you think attraction is a conscious choice or and unconscious one? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

2. Discuss one situation in which you were attracted to something, e.g. a person, a food dish, a car, etc. but were not sure why you felt the way you did and relate it to Eagleman's idea of unconscious attraction. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

3. If Eagleman is correct about why men might be attracted to a woman, what do you think that might mean about most marriages? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

(see the answer keys)

This section contains 1,332 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Lesson Plans
Copyrights
BookRags
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain from BookRags. (c)2015 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.