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 2019 France Brain Bee:

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

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 additional study guide material, use recommended supplemental links, videos, Powerpoint suggested on our website by hovering under “How to Prepare” tab. You’ll see a variety of sources we are adding each week including:  Resources: Slides page,  Resources: 2-minute Neuroscience page, Resources: More Brain Videos. Also, refer to Educator’s resources on
new! –> For a quick review of Brain Anatomy, check out this pdf file for good illustrations and don’t forget to watch videos under the How to Prepare section of our website.

(Note: Check this page regularly as we may update which chapters may be taken out for the 2019 France Brain Bee.

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

Coming soon!  We will be adding helpful resources and links, including other brain bee links and useful videos to help students, teachers, schools prepare for the 2019 France Brain Bee. Keep checking here and on our Prepare page for updates.

1. Last year, Society for Neuroscience released its latest edition of Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and the Nervous System (edition 2018). This is the edition we are using for 2019 France Brain Bee. Here’s a quick explanation of what’s new in the 2018 edition.

2. Many reliable and official Brain Bee websites around the world have used the 2012 edition and along the way, they have prepared very helpful study guides, chapter highlights and reviews for their students.
For example, check out: Vermont Brain Bee’s website.  Under their “Prepare” page, they have sub-pages:  “Links&Resources’, ‘Sample Questions’,  ‘Brain Bee Study Guide,’ and ‘Brain Bee Boot Camp.’ built up mostly from different sources including the 2012 Brain Facts edition. PAY ATTENTION, however, that the chapters between the 2012 and 2018 editions don’t exactly match up, and some of the links to Brain Facts chapters on the Vermont Brain Bee site don’t work because those were links to the older 2012 version. However,  these tips from our Vermont Brain Bee friends  are still very useful in helping you breakdown the main concepts. So, if you are using other brain bee websites, just keep in mind which study guide edition you are following.  Another good one is the Michigan University’s Brain Bee site: MSU Brain Bee.   Again, MSU is following the 2012 edition of Brain Facts, but there are some good references.

2. France Brain Bee competitors have permission to use Vermont Brain Bee’s study material so long as you credit them and do not use for commercial reasons or alter their work in any way.