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Brain Awareness Video Contest

  • Published1 Mar 2018
  • Reviewed13 Sep 2018
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The 2019 Brain Awareness Video Contest Has Closed

Thank you for all of your submissions. The portal has now closed. Please check back later this summer to see the winning videos.

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 2019 in Chicago, IL.
  2. Second place: $500
  3. Third place: $250
  4. People's Choice: $500

Read the 2019 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.

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

Congratulations to the 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest winners! 

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:

  • 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

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