Study Resources

Welcome to the France Brain Bee
a neuroscience competition for high school students.


Study Guide for France Brain Bee

All questions at the competition will come from:

Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System (2018 edition), Chapters 1-15.
Click here to download it for free. You can also view it here in a google file (all rights reserved by brainfacts.org). (send bottom of this page for ** important notes about the study guide!)

About Brain Facts Study Guide:

Image of the Brain Facts book

From Brain Facts website: “Brain Facts, A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System is published by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Brain Facts is a valuable resource for secondary school teachers and students who participate in the Brain Bee.  Read the 2018 edition of Brain Facts as a PDF file, or listen to previous editions in audio recordings available through iTunes U. Also available are ePUB and MOBI editions.  Download the high-resolution version of the book for printing (PDF, 66 MB).”

What You Will Need To Know for the 2020 France Brain Bee: Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System (2018 edition)

For 2020 France Brain Bee, study CHAPTERS 1-15,
not Chapters 16, 17, 18. See below:

INTRODUCTION 4
CHAPTER 1 Brain Basics 10
CHAPTER 2 Senses & Perception 18
CHAPTER 3 Movement 26
CHAPTER 4 Learning, Memory & Emotions 32
CHAPTER 5 Thinking, Planning & Language 38
CHAPTER 6 The Developing Brain 44
CHAPTER 7 Infant, Child & Adolescent Brain 49
CHAPTER 8 Adult & Aging Brain 53
CHAPTER 9 Brain States 59
CHAPTER 10 The Body in Balance 66
CHAPTER 11 Childhood Disorders 71
CHAPTER 12 Psychiatric Disorders 76
CHAPTER 13 Addiction 81
CHAPTER 14 Injury & Illness 88
CHAPTER 15 Neurodegenerative Diseases 96
CHAPTER 16 Kinds of Research 105
CHAPTER 17 Solving Human Problems 112
CHAPTER 18 Neuroscience in Society 118
GLOSSARY 122
NEUROSCIENCE RESOURCES 128
INDEX 129

** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE STUDY GUIDE AND STUDY MATERIAL:

In 2018, Society for Neuroscience released its latest edition of Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and the Nervous System (edition 2018). This is the version we are using for 2020 France Brain Bee. Here’s a quick explanation of what’s new in the 2018 edition of Brain Facts. To avoid confusion on chapter headings and highlights, do not use the 2012 Version.

Many reliable and official Brain Bee websites around the world have posted chapter highlights and study tips based on the  older 2012 edition. These are still very helpful tools, however make sure you are covering Chapters 1-15 from the 2018 version of Brain Facts.

Tips for participants:
Start by reviewing, highlighting, preparing flash cards to get the main ideas in Chapters 1-15. Use tips on ‘sketching your neuroscience notes‘ to add a visual layer to your notes. Keep the general outline simple at first to get the main ideas.

For good visuals to help you understand neuroanatomy sections of the study guide:
On our website, bring your curser over the “How To Prepare’ tab and see dropdown pages that contain these short and useful videos and Powerpoints:  Resources: Slides , Resources: 2-minute Neuroscience , Resources: More Brain Videos,   The Human Brain Project.

Teachers and students can also refer to Educator’s resources on http://www.brainfacts.org/for-educators.

Look through the offerings for the sections you want to review once you have had a look at the
2019 France Brain Bee study guide: Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and the Nervous System,
pdf files and links posted on our Prepare page.


Resources: Neuroanatomy and Neurohistology

Neuroanatomy :

https://webpath.med.utah.edu/HISTHTML/NEURANAT/NEURANCA.html

Neurohistology :

https://histology.medicine.umich.edu/full-slide-list


Resources: More Brain Videos and 2-minute neuroscience

Here are more videos to help you understand anatomy of the brain, starting with the basics:


1) Bozeman Science: The Brain by Paul Anderson

Bozeman Science Published on Mar 6, 2014 Youtube Channel
“The Brain: Structure and Function In this video Paul Andersen explains the structures and functions of seventeen major parts of the brain. He begins with a quick discussion of brain evolution and ends with a review of the major parts presented inside the brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus, and cerebrum.” Read more:

2.) Follow these links for more Videos by Bozeman Science including the Nervous System, The Sensory System, The Neuron, The Synapse, The Action Potential.

3)  Here’s another way to learn how the brain works in 5 minutes using only your hands

On this Youtube channel, you will find the magical 2-minute Neuroscience video series.

4) 2-minute neuroscience: Lobes and Landmarks of the Brain Surface (Lateral View)

5) 2-minute Neuroscience: Midbrain

To view more 2-minute Neuroscience videos, CLICK HERE.


Resources: The Human Brain Project

On this page, you’ll find the link to the Human Brain Project, HBP.
This material is meant to enhance your understanding, should you need more information and
visual presentations.

Developed by the Human Brain Project, the Brainweb Atlas is a great online resource to learn about the different regions of the brain and their functions! Have a look around on their website and see if you find what you are looking for. You might need a decent computer to access some of the simulations.

https://www.brainsimulation.org/atlasweb/

Other useful links, there are so many, to check out are:
Human Neurons  Basil Ganglia   Cerebellum  Hippocampus  Whole Mouse Brain Model

—> They even have a Student Community page full of links to connect  students and researchers. Maybe there’s something useful for you there…

Here’s their Facebook page.

Thanks Human Brain Project!!

added 18 October 2019 
Helen Sahin  Connelly
France Brain  Bee
National Coordinator


Resources: Slides

Please see two Powerpoints below:

1. From our friends at the Vermont Brain Bee, USA.
Thank you for sharing your resources with France Brain Bee!

2. Thank you to our friends at the UK Brain Bee for sharing this introduction with us:


Resources from our Brain Bee friends

Below is courtesy of our friends organizing the Vermont Brain Bee in the USA. They’ve  compiled a collection of resources to help students prepare for their brain bee. Like many other brain bee’s around the globe, France Brain Bee is also using the same study guide: Brain Facts: A Primer On the Brain and Nervous System. Downloadable for free here

BRAIN & NEURON ANATOMY 
These items support chapter 1 of Brain Facts.  
Neuroanatomy PPT
Brain Science Anatomy PPT
Neuroanatomy Notes (document)
Neuroanatomy 2 PPT
Vocabulary Practice (Q&A in “present” mode)
Neuroanatomy Practice (Q&A in “present” mode)
Brain Anatomy (youtube) (incl arteries & stroke)
About the neuron & synapse
THE SENSES
These items support chapter 3 of Brain Facts
Perception PPT
Taste, Smell, Touch, Pain PPT
Vision & Hearing PPT
Senses Qs PPT (show in presentation mode)
Senses-info & Qs PPT (show in “present” mode)
Video showing fish brain tracking paramecium  
MOVEMENT
These items support chapter 5 of Brain Facts.  
Muscles & Movement #1 PPT
Muscles & Movement #2 PPT  
STRESS
These items support chapter 7 of Brain Facts
Stress PPT  
RESEARCH
These items support chapter 9 of Brain Facts.  
The Brain-Gut connection
ADDICTION
These items support chapter 11 of Brain Facts.  
Drugs and the Brain PPT
How does alcohol affect the brain? (3 min video)
learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/mouse/Mouse Party Interactive  
PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS These items support chapter 13 of Brain Facts.
POTENTIAL THERAPIES These items support  chapter 15 of Brain Facts.
How fMRIs work–video
THE DEVELOPING BRAIN
These items support chapter 2 of Brain Facts
The Developing Brain PPT
The Developing Brain Q&A PPT (show in “present” mode)
LEARNING, MEMORY & LANGUAGE These items support chapter 4 of Brain Facts.  
Learning and Memory PPT
SLEEP
These items support chapter 6 of Brain Facts
Sleep PPT
Sleep Qs PPT (show in presentation mode)
Sleep info & Qs PPT
TED TALK: How to get more deep sleep   AGING These items support chapter 8 of Brain Facts.  
CHILDHOOD DISORDERS
These items support chapter 10 of Brain Facts.
DEGENERATIVE DISORDERS
These items support chapter 12 of Brain Facts.  
Degenerative Disorders Info & Qs PPT
TED Talk: Lisa Genova’s Preventing Alzheimers  
ILLNESS AND INJURY
These items support  chapter 14 of Brain Facts.
NEUROETHICS
These items support chapter 16 of Brain Facts.  

FULL REVIEW

Lyn’s Quizlet Flashcards  (137 terms from glossary of Brain Facts)
​Aidan’s kahoot 

JEOPARDY!!

JEOPARDY GAME #1 JEOPARDY GAME #4 JEOPARDY GAME #7JEOPARDY GAME #2 JEOPARDY GAME #5 JEOPARDY GAME #8JEOPARDY GAME #3 JEOPARDY GAME #6 JEOPARDY GAME #9
   

NEUROSCIENCE IN THE NEWS

PURPOSE OF SLEEP IS TO FORGET–New York Times, Feb 2, 2017
RESEARCHERS FIND LINK BETWEEN CONCUSSION AND ALZHEIMERS DZ–Science Mag, Jan 12, 2017
HOW NAKED MOLE RATS CONQUERED PAIN AND WHAT IT CAN MEAN FOR US–Science, Oct 11, 2016
A NEW TACK TO STAVE OFF ALHEIMERS YEAR BEFORE THE FIRST SYMPTOMS— Scientific American Blog, Oct 12, 2016
PIONEERING BRAIN IMPLANT RESTORES PARALYZED MAN’S SENSE OF TOUCH –Nature, Oct 13, 2016
CORTEX COMMANDS THE PERFORMANCE OF SKILLED MOVEMENT –HHMI news, Feb 1, 2016
EDUCATION MAY CUT DEMENTIA RISK –New York Times, Feb 10, 2016
FROZEN RABBIT BRAIN SUCCESSFULLY RETURNED –UPI, Feb 10, 2016
YOUR BRAIN IS HARDWIRED TO SNAP –Book review at National Geographic, Feb 7, 2016
WHAT LITTLE BABIES SEE THAT YOU NO LONGER CAN –Scientific American, Feb 1, 2016
NEW ESTIMATE BOOSTS THE HUMAN BRAIN MEMORY CAPACITY 10-FOLD –Scientific American, Feb 5, 2016
ALZHEIMER’S MAY MESS WITH THE EYES, DISRUPTING SLEEP PATTERNS –Science Mag, Dec 8, 2015
YOUR BRAIN’s GOT RHYTHM--NPR, All things Considered, June 17, 2014
​RISE OF THE MICROGLIA–microglia are involved in development & disease   Scientific American  Oct 26, 2015

(many thanks to our friends at the Vermont Brain Bee for sharing their resources page with France Brain bee. You rock!)