Study Guide (FFB 2022)

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 (send bottom of this page for ** important notes about the study guide!)

About Brain Facts Study Guide:

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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 2022 France Brain Bee: Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System (2018 edition)

For 2022 France Brain Bee, study CHAPTERS 1-15,
not Chapters 16, 17, 18. See below:

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


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

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.