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How the Brain Works Quiz

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Question 1

Which of the following is closest to be being true:

a. Our brains are largely fixed at birth and through our life our brain cells slowly die off.
b. Our brains develop and grow when we are young, and we are able to learn lots of new things, but once we are adult are brains have reached their peak and they slowly degrade.
c. Our brains are highly malleable and remain so all our lives.

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Question 2

How long does it take to break a deeply ingrained habit:

a. We can do it instantly if we just had strong enough willpower.
b. Anything from a few weeks to a few months.
c. About 6 months.
d. It will take years, and if very deeply ingrained you won’t break it at all.

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Question 3

Which of the following impact on your motivation and willpower later in the day:

a. What you’ve been eating during the day.
b. How much you been physically exercising.
c. How hard a day it has been from a mental viewpoint.
d. Your mood.

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Question 4

What are mirror neurons and what do they do for us?

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Question 5

Identify which of the descriptions go with each of the listed brain wave states:

1. Gamma wave
2. Beta wave
3. Alpha wave
4. Theta wave
5. Delta wave

A. generated during active conscious thinking and concentrated problem solving;
B. generated during drowsiness, when daydreaming, or during light sleep. Note that unusual ideas can often pop into the head during a theta wave state;
C. generated during situations of extreme stress, leading to our being able to transcend typical activities, such as when people perform incredible feats;
D. generated during deep sleep. Our physical healing is accelerated when in this state;
E. generated during a relaxed alert state.

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Question 6

True or false? Making lots of minor decisions has no impact on your willpower later in the day.

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Question 7

True or false? Using a hands free phone whilst driving is very different to having someone in the car talking to you, and can be a serious threat to your driving.

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Question 8

Is Sour Grapes, whereby someone who is unable to get something they had wanted then claim they never wanted it at all, an example of Cognitive Dissonance or of Cognitive Ease.

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How the Brain Works: Scoring

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