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Jul 23

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



In case you get bored with the lazy days of summer and want to get a jump preparing for the coming school year, I added to Stuff4Educators a section called How to Study Better based on research from Harvard Medical School that highlights four science-backed ways towards better learning (Hint: drop the highlighter). Additionally, I posted a YouTube video under exercise from the Dana Foundation that won the Northwest Emmy award called Exercise and the Brain that explores the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning. Finally, some books that I have read this past year and found to be stimulating are listed.