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Brain Awareness Video Contest

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Congratulations to the 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest winners! 

The results are in! We received many excellent video submissions exploring the wonders of the brain and nervous system. See the winners of the 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest:

This year’s winners are: 

  • First Place: I Think, Therefore I Sleep By Bradley Allf, a laboratory technician at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Second Place: Runner’s High By Catherine Bird, a master’s student at University College London, with a special mention to Professor Sophie Scott at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.
  • Third Place: The Funny Bone: Butt Dialing Your Brain By Guillaume Riesen, a graduate student at Stanford University.
  • Honorable Mention: Dopey Dopamine By Anna Maralit, a research coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina and Lindsay Meredith, a graduate student at the University of California Los Angeles. Society for Neuroscience sponsor: Dr. Justin Gass, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.

People’s Choice Winner 2018: Is Talking Therapy a Waste of Time? By Gerson D. Guercio, a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota and Yuri Anjos-Travassos, a master’s student at Programa de Engenharia Biomédica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Help us spread the word about the Brain Awareness People’s Choice Contest!

About the 2019 contest

Anyone can enter! Next year, work with a member of the Society for Neuroscience near you to produce an educational video about the brain and it could appear on this page. Whether it’s an animation, song, or skit, share the wonders of science through the Brain Awareness Video Contest. 

View the top videos from previous years and read the rules and regulations.


  1. First place: $1,000 plus travel, two-nights lodging, and registration to Neuroscience 2018 in San Diego, CA.
  2. Second place: $500
  3. Third place: $250
  4. People’s Choice: $500

Read the 2018 rules and regulations

Five tips to creating a great video:

  1. Be professional.
    • Pay attention to lighting and audio quality!
  2. Be concise. 
    • 50 percent of viewers tune out after 3 minutes. 
  3. Know your audience.
    • Drop the jargon, and make it relevant. 
  4. Be entertaining. 
    • Use humor, a quick pace, and creative production. 
    • Take advantage of what’s around you: white board drawings do well, so do videos shot in the lab or other interesting settings. 
  5. Be unique. 
    • Videos about surprising and quirky facts are popular. 
    • Come up with a great title.
      • Accurately convey the video’s content.
      • Be Google friendly – lists and questions tend to do well.

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