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Big Picture

The Man with Two Brains

Remembering What Matters

True or False?

What's in a Dream?

Old Brain/New Tricks

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


PIECES OF MIND: Viewer Challenge



Watch SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS Show 703, "Pieces of Mind," and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS

1. Why did surgeons cut the man's corpus callosum?
2. What is the role of the corpus callosum?
a. stores memories
b. directs motor functions
c. warns brain of impending danger
d. connects the two hemispheres


REMEMBERING WHAT MATTERS

3. What hormone enhances memory?
a. estrogen
b. adrenaline
c. cortisol
d. ACTH
4. What part of the brain is activated by emotions?

TRUE OR FALSE?

5. According to Daniel Schacter's theory, where is memory located in the brain?
6. According to Schacter, what is the role of the hippocampus?
a. creates memories
b. indexes memories
c. deletes bad memories
d. creates dreams

WHAT'S IN A DREAM?

7. What does REM refer to in sleep?
a. routine eye motion
b. random excess memory
c. rapid eye movement
d. resting energy momentum
8. Why do Carlyle Smith and other researchers believe dreams are important?

OLD BRAIN/NEW TRICKS

9. According to Neville's studies, where is grammar processed in an adult's brain?
a. cortex
b. hippocampus
c. left hemisphere
d. midbrain
10. What is the main difference in how adults' and children's brains process language?



ANSWERS TO "PIECES OF MIND" VIEWER CHALLENGE:

1. to prevent epileptic seizures
2. d
3. b
4. amygdala
5. all over the brain
6. b
7. c
8. This sleep state helps us consolidate memories and process information in various regions.
9. c
10. In adults, language is processed in specific areas; very young children process language all over the brain.







 

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