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Welcome To Your Brain

Welcome To Your Brain

Introduction

Neuroscientists have learned a great deal in the last 20 years about the workings of the brain. The authors of Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life share this current knowledge with you throughout the six parts of the book.

As you read Welcome to Your Brain, you should complete this reading log.


Instructions for Reading Log
For each chapter, find one passage that falls into each of these categories:

  1. Passages that address the main question or topic of the chapter.
  2. Passages that discuss scientific research on the brain or how the human brain functions.
  3. Passages that describe a myth about the brain or a helpful hint for better brain function.

In the first column, write the number which indicates the category passage (1, 2, or 3). In the second column, copy the passage from the book. And in the third column, write down your observation or response to the quotation, including any questions that you might have.

After you have finished reading the book, you should write a brief essay on one of these topics:

  • How do the findings of current brain research debunk myths about the brain?
  • What are some of the ways that human brains differ from other animal brains?
  • What are some ways that our brains perceive the world around us through our senses?
  • What are some ways to improve the way your brain functions?

Use your notes from the reading log to help you write the essay.

Welcome to Your Brain Reading Log

Passage Category
*see note below
Quotation
(Include Chapter
and page number)
Your Reaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 *(1) Main Topic (2) Research (3) Myth or Hint


Instructions for Writing Essay
Write a brief essay on one of these topics:

  • How do the findings of current brain research debunk myths about the brain?
  • What are some of the ways that human brains differ from other animal brains?
  • What are some ways that our brains perceive the world around us through our senses?
  • What are some ways to improve the way your brain functions?

Use information that you have gathered from reading Welcome to Your Brain, as well as any other credible sources, to write a brief essay in response to one of the questions. Use your reading log to find supporting details from the book. Include footnotes to reference any quotations, statistics, or other information that you have used to write your essay and include all of these sources in a bibliography.

A well-researched and well-written essay should contain all of these elements:

  • A clearly stated main idea that makes clear the essay’s purpose.
  • A complete answer to all parts of the question.
  • Evidence of a full and complete understanding of the topic you have selected.
  • Pertinent, accurate, and cited supporting details from the book or from other sources that are adequate to support the main concept.
  • A properly cited bibliography that includes all of the references used to write your essay.

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