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May 26

MBE Quiz

Mind, Brain, Education science

Tracey Tokuhama Tokuhama-Espinosa has developed a Mind, Brain, and Education science quiz based on her meta-analysis of educational concepts and beliefs.  See how your principles and tenets align with documented research.  The answers are below.




Mind, Brain, & Education Quiz



1. Human brains are as unique as human faces.



2. All brains are equally prepared for all tasks.



3. Past information influences how we learn something new.



4. Making decisions with a ‘cool’ head and without emotions helps you think better.



5. People judge each other’s faces and tone of voice immediately and almost unconsciously.



6. There are “critical periods” for learning certain skills



7. Sleep is important for learning.



8. Nutrition impacts learning.



9. Stress impacts learning.



10. Humans only use about 10% of their brain potential.



11. Some people are more right-brained and others are more left-brained.



12. Brain parts work in isolation.



13. The brain changes constantly with experience.



14. The brain is highly plastic (flexible).



15. Boys’ & Girls’ brains learn differently.



16. Attention + Memory = Learning



17. Does retention of information vary by teaching methodology?



18. Students can pay attention for a full class period (40-90 minutes).






1. True, 2. False, 3. True, 4. False, 5. True, 6. True and False, 7. True, 8. True, 9. True and False, 10. False, 11. False, 12. False, 13. True, 14. True, 15. True, 16. True, 17. True, 18. False



Read April's Ed Tip to understand how using video game design principles will improve instruction.  Moreover, educators should not view video games as the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching practices. When educators design instructional strategies, they must keep in mind the principles of video games, namely achievable challenge, and the role of dopamine in education.