Test Your Neuroscience Know-how

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Neuroscience Quizzes & Trivia

Are you smarter than a Brain Bee contestant? The following 10 questions were used in high school Brain Bee competitions (live Q&A competitions that test neuroscience knowledge). These competitions can span several rounds, but we’ve decided to start off slow – all the questions are from round one. Can you get to round two? To proceed, you must get seven out of ten questions correct. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    To the closest pound, how heavy is the average adult brain?
    • A. 

      Three pounds

    • B. 

      Two pounds

    • C. 

      One pound

  • 2. 
    What does the eye’s lens do to the orientation of the visual image?
    • A. 

      Rotates it right

    • B. 

      Rotates it left

    • C. 

      It turns it upside down

  • 3. 
    About how many nerve cells are in the human brain?
    • A. 

      1 Billion

    • B. 

      10 Billion

    • C. 

      100 Billion

  • 4. 
    Holding a memory in mind while we think about it is called what type of memory?
    • A. 

      Procedural memory

    • B. 

      Working/short term memory

    • C. 

      Momentary memory

  • 5. 
    During what period of sleep do we dream?
    • A. 

      Stage IV sleep

    • B. 

      NREM sleep

    • C. 

      REM sleep

  • 6. 
    Name the contact points where one neuron communicates with another.
    • A. 

      Somas

    • B. 

      Synapses

    • C. 

      Axon terminals

  • 7. 
    What do you call it when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or suddenly becomes clogged?
    • A. 

      Stroke

    • B. 

      Aneurysm

    • C. 

      Aphasia

  • 8. 
    What do you call an involuntary, fixed muscle response to a particular stimulus?
    • A. 

      Spasm

    • B. 

      Reflex

    • C. 

      Dystonia

  • 9. 
    Name the part of the brain that is important for emotional learning and memory and its dysfunction is related to anxiety disorders.
    • A. 

      Amygdala

    • B. 

      Thalamus

    • C. 

      Hippocampus

  • 10. 
    Name the disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disturbances of thought and emotions.
    • A. 

      Manic-depressive disorder

    • B. 

      Huntington’s chorea

    • C. 

      Schizophrenia