What Is A Split Brain?

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What Is A Split Brain? - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where is the language center of the brain?

    • A.

      left hemisphere

    • B.

      Right hemisphere

    Correct Answer
    A. left hemisphere
    Explanation
    The language center of the brain is predominantly located in the left hemisphere. This is supported by extensive research and observations of patients with language impairments, such as aphasia, which often result from damage to the left hemisphere. Additionally, functional imaging studies have consistently shown increased activation in the left hemisphere during language tasks. While some language processing does occur in the right hemisphere, the left hemisphere is generally considered to be the primary site for language functions such as speech production and comprehension.

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  • 2. 

    Who is the Nobel prize winner that studied the brain hemispheres?

    • A.

      Elizabeth Blackburn

    • B.

      Roger Sperry

    • C.

      Laureate Roger

    • D.

      Karl Lanssteiner

    Correct Answer
    B. Roger Sperry
    Explanation
    Roger Sperry is the correct answer because he was a Nobel Prize winner who extensively studied the brain hemispheres. Sperry's research focused on split-brain patients, individuals whose corpus callosum (the bundle of nerves connecting the brain hemispheres) had been severed. His experiments demonstrated that each hemisphere of the brain has distinct functions and can operate independently. Sperry's work greatly contributed to our understanding of brain lateralization and earned him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981. Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine for her work on telomeres, Laureate Roger is not a known Nobel Prize winner, and Karl Lanssteiner is known for his discovery of the blood groups.

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  • 3. 

    Sperry received the prize for his discoveries concerning the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres.               What do you think cerebral hemispheres means?

    • A.

      Sun rotation

    • B.

      Desert areas

    • C.

      Brain halves

    • D.

      Head slices

    Correct Answer
    C. Brain halves
    Explanation
    Cerebral hemispheres refer to the two halves of the brain, namely the left and right hemispheres. Each hemisphere is responsible for different functions and has distinct areas of specialization. Sperry received the prize for his discoveries related to how these hemispheres are functionally specialized, meaning he made significant contributions to understanding how each hemisphere has its own unique roles and abilities in the brain.

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  • 4. 

                 Based on the picture, where is the corpus callosum?

    • A.

      Between the two hemispheres

    • B.

      Toward the back of the head

    • C.

      Under the ears

    • D.

      Below the frontal lobe

    Correct Answer
    A. Between the two hemispheres
    Explanation
    The corpus callosum is a structure in the brain that connects the two hemispheres. It allows for communication and coordination between the left and right sides of the brain.

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  • 5. 

    Epilepsy is a kind of storm in the brain, which is caused by the excessive signaling of ______________  cells.

    Correct Answer
    nerve
    Explanation
    Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by abnormal brain activity, often resulting in seizures. The excessive signaling of nerve cells in the brain is responsible for causing these seizures. When these nerve cells become overactive and send out excessive electrical signals, it disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, leading to the occurrence of epileptic seizures.

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  • 6. 

    What made it possible for epileptics to live normal lives?

    • A.

      Prescription medication

    • B.

      Daily exercise

    • C.

      An operation where the corpus callosum was cut off

    • D.

      Electric shock therapy

    Correct Answer
    C. An operation where the corpus callosum was cut off
    Explanation
    The operation where the corpus callosum is cut off is known as a corpus callosotomy. This procedure is sometimes performed on individuals with severe epilepsy to reduce the spread of seizures between the two hemispheres of the brain. By disconnecting the corpus callosum, the communication pathway between the hemispheres is interrupted, which can help control the frequency and intensity of seizures. This operation can significantly improve the quality of life for epileptics, allowing them to live more normal lives.

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  • 7. 

    The studies demonstrated that the left and right hemispheres are ___________________  in different tasks. 

    Correct Answer
    specialized
    specialize
    Explanation
    The studies have shown that the left and right hemispheres of the brain have different areas of expertise or specialization when it comes to performing various tasks.

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  • 8. 

    The left side of the brain specializes in ...

    • A.

      Corpus callosum

    • B.

      Emotions

    • C.

      Music

    • D.

      Analytical and verbal tasks

    Correct Answer
    D. Analytical and verbal tasks
    Explanation
    The left side of the brain is responsible for analytical and verbal tasks. This is because the left hemisphere of the brain is associated with logical thinking, language processing, and problem-solving abilities. It is also responsible for controlling the right side of the body. In contrast, the right side of the brain is more involved in creativity, spatial awareness, and emotions. The corpus callosum, on the other hand, is a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain, allowing communication between them.

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  • 9. 

    Without the help from the right hemisphere, you would be able to read the word "pig" for instance, but you wouldn't be able to ______________________   what it is.

    Correct Answer
    imagine
    Explanation
    Without the help from the right hemisphere, you would be able to read the word "pig" for instance, but you wouldn't be able to imagine what it is. The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for processing visual and spatial information, as well as creativity and imagination. Therefore, without its involvement, you would be able to recognize the word "pig" but not form a mental image or imagine what a pig looks like.

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  • 10. 

                       Right vision field is connected to the left hemisphere. Left vision field is connected to the right                                         hemisphere.            What is left vision connected to?                       Two words.  One space between. 

    Correct Answer
    right hemisphere
    Explanation
    Left vision is connected to the right hemisphere.

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  • 11. 

    GO PLAY THE SPLIT BRAIN GAME:  The following questions can be answered from the game. What is the name of the nerve fibbers that connect the hemispheres in the brain? Two words. One space between. 

    Correct Answer
    corpus callosum
    Explanation
    The nerve fibers that connect the hemispheres in the brain are called the corpus callosum. This structure allows for communication and coordination between the two hemispheres, enabling them to work together and share information.

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  • 12. 

    In what decade did Sperry do his research?

    • A.

      1950s

    • B.

      1960s

    • C.

      1970s

    • D.

      1980s

    Correct Answer
    B. 1960s
    Explanation
    Sperry did his research in the 1960s.

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  • 13. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  When you click on something on the RIGHT side, which side of the brain processes the information?

    • A.

      RIGHT

    • B.

      LEFT

    Correct Answer
    B. LEFT
    Explanation
    When you click on something on the RIGHT side, the information is processed by the LEFT side of the brain. The brain is divided into two hemispheres, with each hemisphere controlling the opposite side of the body. In most individuals, the left hemisphere is responsible for processing information from the right side of the body. Therefore, when you click on something on the right side, the left hemisphere of the brain processes the information.

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  • 14. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  When you click on something on the LEFT  side, which side of the brain processes the information?

    • A.

      RIGHT

    • B.

      LEFT

    Correct Answer
    A. RIGHT
    Explanation
    The brain is divided into two hemispheres, with the left hemisphere controlling the right side of the body and vice versa. In the split brain experiment, where the corpus callosum is severed, the left side of the brain is responsible for processing information from the right side of the body. Therefore, when something is clicked on the left side, the information is processed by the right side of the brain.

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  • 15. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  Does the right brain recognize the person in the picture?

    • A.

      YES

    • B.

      NO

    Correct Answer
    A. YES
    Explanation
    Remember-- The right brain reacts to something on the left.

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  • 16. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  Can the left brain solve a math problem?

    • A.

      YES

    • B.

      NO

    Correct Answer
    A. YES
    Explanation
    Remember-- The right brain reacts to something on the left.

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  • 17. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  Can the right brain turn a word into a picture?

    • A.

      YES

    • B.

      NO

    Correct Answer
    A. YES
    Explanation
    Remember-- The right brain reacts to something on the left.

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  • 18. 

    Split Brain Experiment #1  Can the left brain turn a word into a picture?

    • A.

      YES

    • B.

      NO

    Correct Answer
    A. YES
    Explanation
    Remember-- The right brain reacts to something on the left.

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  • 19. 

    Get more money for your research: What do scientists write to try to gets funds for research?

    • A.

      Advertisements

    • B.

      Grants

    • C.

      Blogs

    • D.

      Update status

    Correct Answer
    B. Grants
    Explanation
    Grants are monitory awards provided for by an organization for a particular purpose i.e. education, research or social issues.

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  • 20. 

    Make sure that you correct the proposal letter so that the LEFTS and RIGHTS are in the correct spaces.    Click YES when you get it right. 

    • A.

      YES

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. YES
    Explanation
    I hope you got the brain letter correct on the first try! W00T!

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  • 21. 

    Split Brain Experiment #2 In Split Brain #2, the  Mr. Brainy is now going to pick up the corresponding object that flashed. What happens when the left brain sees the words :

    • A.

      Nothing

    • B.

      He picks up the anaconda

    Correct Answer
    B. He picks up the anaconda
    Explanation
    When the left brain sees the words "Nothing", it does not receive any specific instruction or information about which object to pick up. Therefore, Mr. Brainy will default to picking up the anaconda, as it is the only object mentioned in the given options.

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  • 22. 

    Split Brain Experiment #2 In Split Brain #2, the  Mr. Brainy is now going to pick up the corresponding object that flashed. What happens when the right brain sees the image:

    • A.

      He picks up the shark, but doesn't know why

    • B.

      He visualizes the shark and picks it up

    Correct Answer
    B. He visualizes the shark and picks it up
    Explanation
    When the right brain sees the image, it visualizes the shark and picks it up. This is because in split-brain experiments, the left and right hemispheres of the brain are disconnected, resulting in limited communication between them. The right hemisphere, which controls the left hand, is responsible for processing visual information. Therefore, when the right brain sees the image of the shark, it visualizes it and instructs the left hand to pick it up, without the person being consciously aware of the reason behind their action.

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  • 23. 

    Split Brain Experiment #2 In Split Brain #2, the  Mr. Brainy is now going to pick up the corresponding object that flashed. What happens when the right brain processes the image:

    • A.

      He didn't see anything, but he picked up the slime

    • B.

      He sees the slime, and picks it up

    Correct Answer
    A. He didn't see anything, but he picked up the slime
    Explanation
    In split-brain experiments, the left and right hemispheres of the brain are disconnected, leading to different processing abilities. In this case, when the right brain processes the image, it does not have the ability to verbally communicate what it sees. Therefore, even though the right brain sees the slime, the person is unable to consciously perceive it. However, the person's hand, controlled by the right brain, still reacts to the visual stimulus and picks up the slime unconsciously.

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  • 24. 

    Split Brain Experiment #2 In Split Brain #2, the  Mr. Brainy is now going to pick up the corresponding object that flashed. What happens when the left brain processes the image:

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When the left brain processes the image, it means that the image is being processed by the left hemisphere of the brain. In the split brain experiment, the left hemisphere is responsible for processing information from the right visual field. Therefore, if the left brain processes the image, it means that the image was presented in the right visual field and the corresponding object will be picked up by Mr. Brainy.

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  • 25. 

    Split Brain Experiment #2 In Split Brain #2, the  Mr. Brainy is now going to pick up the corresponding object that flashed. What happens when the right brain processes the image:

    • A.

      Mr. Brainy picks up three sausages

    • B.

      Mr. Braine picks up the number 3

    Correct Answer
    A. Mr. Brainy picks up three sausages
    Explanation
    When the right brain processes the image, Mr. Brainy picks up three sausages. This suggests that the right brain is responsible for processing visual information and controlling the actions related to it. The left brain, on the other hand, is responsible for processing language and numbers, which is why Mr. Braine picks up the number 3 when the left brain processes the image. This experiment demonstrates the phenomenon of split-brain, where the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions and can operate independently to some extent.

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  • 26. 

    Abstract Article: An abstract is a summary of the experiment.  Which abstract explains the project best?  

    • A.

      Abstract 1

    • B.

      Abstract 2

    Correct Answer
    A. Abstract 1
    Explanation
    The key to this slide is understanding that the hemispheres of the brain are specialized. Who would have thought?

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  • 27. 

    Do me a favor.  Give me your opinion on this lesson.  Check all that apply.  

    • A.

      I learned about the Nobel prize split brain experiments.

    • B.

      The website was interesting.

    • C.

      The questions were easy to follow.

    • D.

      The reading was not too difficult.

    • E.

      I needed more time.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. I learned about the Nobel prize split brain experiments.
    B. The website was interesting.
    C. The questions were easy to follow.
    D. The reading was not too difficult.
    E. I needed more time.
    Explanation
    Thanks for the input. Let me know what I can do to improve this lesson.

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