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Brain Awareness Video Contest

  • Published1 Mar 2018
  • Reviewed17 Mar 2020
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The 2021 Brain Awareness Video Contest Winners:

First PlaceWhat Memories Are Made Of  By Tanja Fuchsberger, a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. Special thanks to her sponsor, Ole Paulsen.

Second PlaceBeyond Face Value By Monica Tschang, an Undergraduate Student Researcher at Rutgers University. Special thanks to her sponsor, Kasia Bieszczad.

Third PlaceYour Magnificent Plastic Brain By Pamela Karasmilova, an Undergraduate Student at Stevens Institute of Technology. Special thanks to her sponsor, Nuran Kumbaraci.

Honorable MentionThe Debatable Dress By Eesha Surapaneni, student at the Dulles High School Math and Science Academy in collaboration with Neuroscientist Dr. Jon Flynn at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

• People's ChoiceThe Debatable Dress By Eesha Surapaneni, student at the Dulles High School Math and Science Academy in collaboration with Neuroscientist Dr. Jon Flynn at Rice University, Houston, Texas.

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.

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