“A lot of things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become”
By: Chris Baranuik
Published: 16 March, 2016, http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160315-the-enormous-power-of-the-unconscious-brain
Level of Difficulty: **
WATCH , LISTEN AND TAKE NOTES
· Watch and make notes on the video of the experiment involving stacking cups
· David Eagleman: Powers of the Subconscious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R9nNBxPfv4
· David Eagleman: Brain over Mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWBtT-Gl4vQ
1. The reason why Eagleman did so badly in the cup stacking challenge is the fact that…..
2. The fact that Eagleman had never done something like cup stacking before meant that the activity ………………………………………………………………………
3. The reason why Naber’s brain reflected absolute calm during the experiment was the fact that the activity
4. The automization of any activity or skill is closely linked to the amount of……………………..
5. What misunderstanding does Eagleman point out in the text?
6. Why do many sports need the skills of the player to be automised? Because of …… (Use your own words)
7. What would happen if LeBron James, for example, paid conscious attention to every move he made while playing?
8. Why is the efficacy of consciousness being debated?
· Because the non conscious mind is capable of forming opinions
· Because the non conscious mind is capable of doing sums
· Because consciousness is not necessary for forming opinions
· Because consciousness is not necessary for doing sums
· All of the above
· None of the above (provide your own answer)
9. A certain amount of mind control is possible with ………………….
10. Which of the following would Eagleman agree with: mind control could be used for the good of mankind by (select as many as necessary)
· Helping people achieve better control of their addictions
· Helping people achieve better control of their cravings
· Helping people achieve better control of their bad habits
11. Which sentence best summarizes the last paragraph of the text ?
DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH AND MAKE NOTES ON TO EXTEND YOUR UNDERSTANDING
WATCH THE TELEVISION SERIES RECENTLY AIRED ON BBC 4
· The brain with David Eagleman: what is reality? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MSw2irv0-A
· The brain with David Eagleman 2: what makes me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hb7w6-jcTU
· The brain with David Eagleman 4 : how do I decide? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsyGZdDVdb8
· The brain with David Eagleman 5: what does the brain need? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZolBc9XcK8
· The brain with David Eagleman: what will I be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP1JBtecsX0
After completing the series the links to which have been provided, write an essay in which you compare and contrast the role the non-conscious and the conscious mind play in our lives.
THE ENORMOUS POWER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS BRAIN KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
We strike out down a completely new path in this activity by linking an extended listening activity to the writing task and thus making it more challenging. If the activity is to be done in class, the documentaries and the writing task could be set as homerwork.
1. It was his first time cup stacking
2. Was all conscious
3. Had been automized
5. That our unconscious mind does not play a very deep role in our everyday decisions and relationships
6. Because of the speed / The pace
7. He would slow down
8. Possible answer: Because the unconscious mind is capable of doing so much
9. The use of subtle cues /tricks
10. One and two: there is no fundamental difference between an addiction and a craving; bad habits is too general
11. Consciousness is like a broom closet in the mansion of the brain