Brain Awareness Video Contest

  • Published1 Mar 2018
  • Reviewed17 Mar 2020
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Congratulations to the 2020 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 2020 Brain Awareness Video Contest:

This year’s winners are:

First Place: How Do We Move Around the World? By Johanna Pozo, a Cognitive Neuroscience master’s student at University College London. Special thanks to her sponsor, Linda Greensmith.

Second Place: Mental ABC’s: The Neuroscience of Language By Alexander Clarke, a senior at BASIS Scottsdale.

Third Place: Brain Rhythms – How Do We Feel the Beat? By Juho Aijala, a Master's student at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and Anssi Tiusanen.

Honorable Mention: The Action Potential – the brain’s most efficient game of telephone By Gabriela Lopez, a graduate student at Northwestern University. 


  1. First place: $1,000 plus travel, two-nights lodging, and registration to Neuroscience 2020 in Washington, DC.
  2. Second place: $500
  3. Third place: $250
  4. People's Choice: $500

Read the 2020 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 and easy to understand. 
  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.
      • Lists and questions tend to do well.

This summer, help us spread the word about the Brain Awareness People’s Choice Contest! Follow on Twitter, Faceook, and Instagram + use the hashtag #BAVC20 on social media. 

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