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Nov 19

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



There are two fundamental phenomena regarding memory that all educators should be quite attentive to as they directly affect memory and how well students remember information after initially presented.

By understanding these two essential factors affecting working memory detailed in November 2017 Ed Tip, educators will be able to drastically improve students’ retention of new information.