There will be several kinds of tests at the Brain Bee, including a written exam of multiple-choice questions,  questions requiring one word or one phrase answers to be written on white boards, a human neuroanatomy and neutohistology test, and a patient diagnosis test.  The recommended study resources for these tests are as follows (check back later in case we have been able to add some additional resource suggestions):

Questions and answers:

On Saturday afternoon, the competition will consist of several phases of questions. All the questions of the competition will be drawn from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain, published by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain in many different languages, and Brain Facts book released by the Society for Neurosciences.

For the national competition we really recommend Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (Bear, Connors & Paradiso), especially Chapters 7, 7a, 15, and 22.  Download these documents here:

Human neuroanatomy:

The neuroanatomy bell-ringer competition consists of approximately 20 or 25 stations where brains, brain slices, or pictures of brains will be presented.  The brains will have pins stuck in a particular part of the anatomy, and there will be questions at each station that ask for the name of the structure and/or the function of that structure indicated by the pin.  Students will have approximately 2 minutes at each station to write down their answers.  When time is up, a bell will ring, and each student will move to the next station.  To prepare for this part of the competition, look for a human brain atlas and a textbook covering basic neuroanatomy.

Here are a few web sites that might be useful as you study neuroanatomy: (for kids, but a good start!)
Sylvius software from Sinauer ( (costs about $55)

Patient Diagnosis:

There will be 8 to 10 descriptions of patients with neurological disorders. Students will be required to diagnose the neurological disorders by interviewing the patients.  Students will spend about 5 minutes with each patient in a patient diagnosis room.  The questions must be of the type that can be answered by “yes”, “no”, or “I don’t know”.  The patients will not be allowed to provide any other answers than these.  At the end of the 5 minutes, the student will record the diagnosis for that patient, and move on to the next patient.  There will be 13 possible disorders to choose from: bipolar disorder, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, stroke, Tourette Syndrome, neurological AIDS, chronic pain, depression, and autism.

To study for this part, you might try the Medical Encyclopedia of Medline Plus which can be found at the National Library of Medicine website:


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