Sample Reading Log: Welcome To Your Brain

Sample Reading Log: Welcome To Your Brain


Passage Category
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Quotation (Include Chapter and page number) Your Reaction
 1 Lawyers know this principle. Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable, in part because they imagine—as most of us do—that they see and remember more details than they really can. Lawyers can use this knowledge to discredit witnesses by tempting them to say they saw something that the lawyer can disprove, casting doubt on the rest of the witness’s testimony. (Chapter 1, pp. 2-3) It seems like I know exactly what I’m seeing, but once when my friends and I all saw an accident, we couldn’t agree on the color of the cars or who was at fault.
 2 Dreamers are prevented from triggering active movements, though, because commands from the cerebral cortex to drive movement are blocked by an inhibitory center in the brainstem that is activated during sleep. (Chapter 27, p. 178) Sometimes in my dreams, I’m running and jumping. It’s a good thing we don’t do those things for real when we’re asleep.
 3  The therapist slowly exposes the patient to the feared situation in small steps, consulting often with the patient to be sure that the anxiety stays within a tolerable range. For instance, for a phobia of heights, the patient might first look at a picture taken from the second floor. (Chapter 17, p. 112) This makes a lot of sense. Making someone do something that they’re afraid of too quickly would probably just make them more afraid.

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